Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to the Distribution List

Ottawa, 11 May 2018

Our reference: 8690-V81-201703231

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Distribution List

Re:   Request to extend the comment period in the application filed under Part 1 by the City of Gatineau for a Municipal Access Agreement – Procedural letter

Dear Madams/Sirs:

Following a letter from Commission staff dated April 16, 2018, Bell Canada, Quebecor Média Inc. on behalf of its affiliate Vidéotron G.P., Rogers Communications Canada Inc., TELUS Communications Inc. and Cogeco Connexion Inc. (collectively the Carriers), filed on May 7, 2018, a request to extend the comment period in connection with the documents filed by the City of Gatineau (the City) on May 2, 2018, as part of the Part 1 application filed on April 13, 2017, by the City of Gatineau for approval of a Municipal Access Agreement (MAA), namely:

  1. The report on casual costs prepared in 2011 for the Union des municipalités du Québec by KPMG; and
  2. The financial data establishing the licensing fees for 2018 based on the Excel file attached as Appendix 3 to the City of Gatineau’s MAA application.

The Carriers have indicated that their respective cost study teams are currently drafting responses to the Commission’s requests for information issued on March 2, 2018, as part of follow-up proceedings on wholesale high-speed access services (follow‑up to Telecom Order CRTC 2016-396 and CRTC 2016-448 and follow-up to Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-379).

The Carriers noted that the requests for information in question are very complex. Indeed, they require an extensive analysis of the Carriers’ high-speed networks under two distinct architectures (aggregated and disaggregated), as well as generating new data for a large number of cost items.

The Carriers also added that the analysis of the documents filed by the City and preparing the related comments will require more time than what was granted by the Commission in its procedural letter on April 16, 2018 (ten days). The Carriers asked the Commission to extend the deadline for filing comments as follows:

  1. Carriers to file their comments by May 31, 2018; and
  2. City of Gatineau to file its reply by June 11, 2018.

On May 8, 2018, the Commission received a letter from the City opposing the Carriers’ request for an extension. The City indicated, among other things, that the Carriers have already read the report on casual costs prepared for the Union des municipalités by KPMG since at least February 11, 2016. The City added that the Carriers teams responsible for files before the Commission must be able to handle more than one file at a time. 

After reading the Carriers’ request for an extension and the opposition letter from the City, staff is of the view that an extension of the deadline for Carriers to file their comments until May 28, 2018, would be appropriate. In light of this extension, the City will now have until June 4, 2018, to file its reply.

As part of this additional process, the Carriers are required to limit the scope of their comments to the new documents filed by the City, and the City must stick to the comments that will be filed by the Carriers.

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

Michel Cantin
Bélanger Sauvé Avocats LLP
Representative, City of Gatineau
5 Place Ville Marie, Suite 900
Montreal, Quebec  H8B 2G2
mcantin@belangersauve.com

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

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

Mathieu Quenneville
Prévost Fortin D’Aoust avocats
Representing the Carriers
20845 chemin de la Côte du Nord, Suite 500
Boisbriand, Quebec  J7E 4H5
m.quenneville@pfdavocats.com

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

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

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

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