Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to the Distribution List

Ottawa, 21 February 2018

Our reference: 8740-T66-201711250

BY EMAIL

Distribution List

RE: TELUS Communications Inc. Tariff Notice 532 - Introduction of Service Entrance Conduit Charge - Requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential

Dear Madam, Sir:

This letter addresses requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential as well as deficiency associated with TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) Tariff Notice (TN) 532 - Introduction of Service Entrance Conduit (SEC) Charge, filed with the Commission on 30 November 2017 in regards to TCI’s submission,   ‘Report on the Economic Evaluation for Wholesale Access to Service Entrance Conduit in British Columbia’.

On 20 December 2017, the Commission received an intervention from Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (“Shaw”) requesting disclosure of certain information filed in confidence by TCI, as well as providing additional information that fully addresses the deficiencies noted by Shaw in its intervention.

On 17 January 2018, the Commission received reply comments from TCI addressing the confidentiality and deficiency requests raised by Shaw.

Commission staff notes that 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 whether information could be reasonably aggregated and the competitive sensitivity of the information itself. 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.

Based on Commission staff’s review of the requests filed by Shaw, as well as TCI’s reply comments, TCI is required to send a copy of its TN 532 application to all its current mainline conduit support structure licensees in B.C., by 28 February 2018.

Parties will be advised as to the next steps in the evaluation process of this application by way of a separate procedural letter, which will set out further process for the proceeding after the public disclosure is complete.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services & Costing Implementation
Telecommunication sector

c.c.: El Fatihi, Abderrahman, Abderrahman.elfatihi@crtc.gc.ca


Distribution list:

TELUS Communications Company, regulatory.affairs@telus.com
Tom Woo, TELUS Communications Company, tom.woo@telus.com
Paul Cowling, Shaw Cablesystems G.P., regulatory@sjrb.ca

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