Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to the Distribution List

Ottawa, 16 April 2018

Our reference: 8690-V81-201703231

BY EMAIL

Distribution list

Subject: Application for authorization to submit additional documents in the application filed pursuant to Part I by the City of Gatineau for a municipal access agreement – procedural letter

Dear Mesdames, Dear Sirs:

Further to the letter from the Commission’s staff dated March 16, 2018, Bell Canada, Quebecor Média Inc. on behalf of its subsidiary Vidéotron ltée, Rogers Communications Canada Inc., TELUS Communications Inc. and Cogeco Connexion Inc. (collectively the Companies), filed their comments with the Commission on March 27, 2018, with regard to the application filed under Part I on April 13, 2017, by the City of Gatineau (the City) for approval of a municipal access agreement (MAA).

On April 6, 2018, the Commission received the City’s reply concerning the Companies’ comments in which the City indicated that, with regard to clauses 1 and 2 in Appendix A of the MAA on which the parties disagree, the Companies stated that they had been unable to read the study on causal costs prepared in 2011 for the Union des municipalités du Quebec, including a description of the methodology used to determine some tariff increases, and that they could not accept the licensing fees and their annual increase which, according to the Companies, appears to exceed the applicable inflation rates.

The City indicated that this study was prepared by KPMG and it had already been placed in the Superior Court file in which the Companies challenged Gatineau By-law no. 718-2012. The City noted that it is prepared to provide this study to the Companies again, even though the Companies could have done so under the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Consequently, the City has filed an application with the Commission for authorization to file the following documents in the present application:

  1. The report on causal costs prepared in 2011 for the Union des municipalités du Québec by KPMG; and
  2. The financial data that establish the 2018 licensing fees based on the Excel spreadsheet attached as Appendix 3 to the MAA application. After reading the City’s reply, the staff members are of the view that it would be beneficial for the Commission that it receive the documents cited at points 1 and 2 as proposed by the City. Consequently, the City has until May 2, 2018, to file the documents, the Companies have until May 11, 2018, to submit their comments, and the City has until May 16, 2018, to file a reply.

As part of this additional process, the Companies are required to limit the extent of their comments to the new documents filed by the City, and the City must keep to the comments filed by the Companies.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.:  Imen Arfaoui, CRTC, imen.arfaoui@crtc.gc.ca


Distribution list

Mr. Michel Cantin
Bélanger Sauvé avocats s.e.n.c.r.l.
Representing the City of Gatineau
5 Place Ville Marie, Suite 900
Montréal QC  H8B 2G2
mcantin@belangersauve.com

Ms. Caroline Dignard
Vice-President, Legal Affairs
Cogeco Connexion Inc.
telecom.regulatory@cogeco.com

Mr. Michael E Piaskoski
Director, Municipal Relations
Institutional and Regulatory Affairs
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
rwi_gr@rci.rogers.com

Mr. Mathieu Quenneville
Prévost Fortin D’Aoust avocats
Representing the Companies
20845 De la Côte du Nord Road, Office 500
Boisbriand QC  J7E 4H5
m.quenneville@pfdavocats.com

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Legal Advisor
Bell Canada
bell.regulatory@bell.ca

Mr. Dennis Béland
Vice-President, Telecommunications Regulatory Affairs
Québecor Média inc.
regaffairs@quebecor.com

Ms. Bruna Nardi
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Access Policy Management
TELUS Communications Inc.
regulatory.affairs@telus.com

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