Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Distribution List
Ottawa, 20 November 2018
Our reference: 8662-C182-201809534
To: Distribution list
Re: Canadian Networks Operators Consortium Inc. Part 1 Application to Review and Vary Review of wholesale wireline services, Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-326 and Follow-up to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 – Implementation of a disaggregated wholesale high-speed access service, including over fibre-to-the-premises access facilities, Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-379
By letter dated 7 November 2018, Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) filed a Part 1 Application (the Application) to Review and Vary Review of wholesale wireline services, Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-326 and Follow-up to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 – Implementation of a disaggregated wholesale high-speed access service, including over fibre-to-the-premises access facilities, Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-379.
In the Application, CNOC requested the following relief:
- Removal of the 100 Mbps speed cap on aggregated high-speed access (HSA) services on an expedited basis;
- Establishment of a significantly reduced level of disaggregation on the Bell Canada network, and possibly those of Cogeco Communications Inc. (Cogeco), Quebecor Media Inc. on behalf of its affiliate Videotron Ltd. (Videotron) and Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers), (collectively Incumbents)
- The addition of port and fibre strand sharing functionality for all Incumbent disaggregated HSA services; and
- Access to FTTP facilities over aggregated HSA services, whereby such access will be phased-out subject to a forbearance framework.
The Commission is currently in the last stage of finalizing rates for both aggregated and disaggregated HSA services, along with terms and conditions for disaggregated HSA, after a lengthy process.
The Application raises many issues and, depending on the outcome, may have an impact on the wholesale HSA services going forward.
Commission staff notes that the pressing issue at hand in the Application is the request for the removal, on an expedited basis, of the 100 Mbps speed cap on aggregated HSA services, which comes into effect once disaggregated HSA tariffs are approved on a final basis. To address the requested relief on an expedited bases, Commission staff is requesting comments on the option of suspending the speed cap condition as an interim relief until such time as the matter of removal of the speed cap can be fully addressed, along with the other issues.
Commission staff has therefore established timelines for addressing the Application in two stages. Stage 1 will deal with the option of suspending the 100 Mbps speed cap on an interim basis and Stage 2 will address the other issues.
Taking into consideration the above, Commission staff hereby informs all parties that the procedural dates for the Application are set out as follows:
- CNOC is to file comments by 3 December 2018 on the option of suspending the 100 Mbps speed cap condition when disaggregated rates are finalized as interim relief until the Application is fully addressed.
- Parties are to file interventions by 7 January 2019 on the option of suspending the 100 Mbps speed cap condition when disaggregated rates are finalized as interim relief until the Application is fully addressed.
- CNOC may file reply comments to address any intervention by 17 January 2019.
Further process to address Stage 2 will be provided in early 2019.
In addition to filing documents with the Commission, parties are asked to serve all other parties with any documents filed in this proceeding, and to send an electronic copy directly to the following Commissions staff:
Lyne Renaud, email@example.com
William Lloyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
Original signed by
Director, Competitor Services and Costing Implementation
c. c.: William Lloyd, CRTC, (819) 997-4654, email@example.com
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