Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Mr. Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 7 November 2017

Our reference: 8640-B2-201706368


Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Legal Counsel
Bell Canada
160 Elgin Street, 19th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 2C4

Re: Part 1 Application for Forbearance from the Regulation of Unbundled Local Loops

Dear Sir:

On 26 July 2017, the Commission received an application from Bell Canada in which it proposed a framework for the forbearance of unbundled local loops (ULLs) and sought forbearance from the regulation of ULLs in 88 exchanges pursuant to its proposed framework.

Paragraph 28(1) (a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may request parties to file information or documents where needed.

Bell Canada is requested to provide comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached questions by 7 December 2017.


Original signed by

Philippe Kent
Director, Competition & Emergency Service Policy
Telecommunications Sector

c.c:  Rudy Rab, CRTC, 819-994-3416,
Attach. (1)

Request for information

  1. Provide the number of unbundled local loops (ULLs) leased by wholesale customers in 2017 in each of the 88 exchanges for which Bell Canada has applied for forbearance from the regulation of ULLs.
  2. Provide a list of wholesale customers that currently lease ULLs from Bell Canada in the 88 exchanges, specifying the total number of ULLs leased by each of these wholesale customers (across the 88 exchanges).
  3. Provide the total number of residential and business lines (network access service lines) in each of the 88 exchanges.
  4. The first sentence of paragraph 71 of the application states:

“In Goderich ON, using the methodology described in paragraph 66, we confirmed that Eastlink is able to provide local exchange service to at least 75% of residential service lines using their own facilities.”

However, Commission staff notes that paragraph 66 of the application does not contain a description of a methodology. Accordingly, provide confirmation as to which paragraph of the application was intended to be referenced in the first sentence of paragraph 71.

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