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Ottawa, 6 February 2018

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 – Request for disclosure of information designated as confidential

Dear Sir:

This letter addresses a request for disclosure of information designated as confidential made in the proceeding associated with CRTC file number 8640-B2-201706368.

On 14 December 2017, the Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) filed a request for disclosure of information for which confidentiality had been claimed pursuant to Bell Canada’s response to a request for information that was filed on 7 December 2017.

Bell Canada responded to the above request.

Requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential are addressed in light of sections 38 and 39 of the Telecommunications Act (the Act) and sections 30 and following of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure). In evaluating a request, an assessment is made as to whether the information falls into a category of information that can be designated confidential pursuant to section 39 of the Act. An assessment is then made as to whether there is any specific direct harm likely to result from the disclosure of the information in question and whether any such harm outweighs the public interest in disclosure. In making this evaluation, a number of factors are taken into consideration, including the degree of competition and the importance of the information for the purpose of obtaining a fuller record. The factors considered are discussed in more detail in Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961, 23 December 2010, as amended by Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961-1, 26 October 2012.

In the circumstances of this case, Commission staff considered, among other relevant considerations, whether disclosure of the information would meaningfully benefit public participation, the degree to which the information had been aggregated, and the competitive sensitivity of the information itself.
Having regard to the above, Bell Canada is to disclose on the public record the information identified in the appendix no later than 13 February 2018.


Original signed by Renee Doiron for

Philippe Kent
Director, Competition & Emergency Service Policy
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.:  Rudy Rab, CRTC, 819-994-3416,
Douglas Denney, Allstream Inc.,
Christopher Hickey, Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc.,
Jonathan Holmes, Independent Telecommunications Providers Association/Christopher Edwards, Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.,
John MacKenzie, TELUS Communications Inc.,

Attach. (1)

Bell Canada(CRTC)7Nov17-1 ULL

Bell Canada is to disclose on the public record the total number of unbundled local loops (ULLs) provisioned to its wholesale customers on a month-by-month basis, spanning the period January 2017 to September 2017, inclusive.

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