Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Stephen Schmidt (TELUS Communications Inc.)
Ottawa, 4 June 2018
Our reference: 8640-T66-201800251
Mr. Stephen Schmidt
Vice President – Telecom Policy & Chief Regulatory Legal Counsel
Telecom Policy & Regulatory Affairs
TELUS Communications Inc.
Floor 8, 215 Slater St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0A6
RE: Application for forbearance from the regulation of unbundled local loops – Request for disclosure of information designated as confidential
Dear Mr. Schmidt:
This letter addresses a request for disclosure of information designated as confidential made in the proceeding associated with CRTC file number 8640-T66-201800251.
On 9 May 2018, the Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) filed a request for disclosure of information for which confidentiality had been claimed pursuant to TELUS Communications Inc.’s (TCI’s) response to a request for information that was filed on 27 April 2018.
TCI 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, TCI is to disclose on the public record the information identified in the appendix no later than June 6th, 2018.
Original signed by
Director, Competition & Emergency Service Policy
c.c.: Rudy Rab, CRTC, 819-994-3416, firstname.lastname@example.org
John MacKenzie, TELUS Communications Inc., email@example.com
Douglas Denney, Allstream Business Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Hickey, CNOC, email@example.com
Paul Cowling, Shaw Communications Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
TCI is to disclose on the public record the total number of unbundled local loops (ULLs) leased by wholesale customers as of December 31, 2017.
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