Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Samer Bishay (Iristel Inc.) and Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 21 December 2018

Our reference:  8661-J64-201811159


Mr. Samer Bishay
President and CEO
Iristel Inc.
675 Cochrane Drive
East Tower, 6th floor
Markham, Ontario, L3R 0B8

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Assistant General Counsel
Bell Canada
19th Floor 8, 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2C4

Re:  Iristel Inc. Technologies Inc. – Application for relief regarding Bell Canada’s rate increases for certain circuits

Dear Sirs,

Iristel Inc. (Iristel) filed a Part 1 application, dated 19 December 2018, in which the company requested both interim relief, on an expedited basis, and final relief regarding alleged anti-competitive conduct by Bell Canada in relation to the rates that Bell Canada charges to Iristel for circuits associated with certain transport services.

This letter concerns Iristel’s request for expedited interim relief.

Specifically, Iristel requests that the Commission issue an order, on an expedited basis, directing Bell Canada not to increase the rates that it charges to Iristel for the circuits that are the subject of the present dispute, pending the final disposition of its application. Iristel submits that these rate increases are scheduled to take effect on 15 January 2019.

Commission staff is setting out below an expedited process for the review of the interim request made by Iristel:

  1. Iristel is to file a copy of any current agreement with Bell Canada which pertain to Iristel’s current application, by 7 January 2019;
  2. Bell Canada, and any other interested person, may respond to Iristel’s request for interim relief by 9 January 2019;
  3. Iristel may file a reply to Bell Canada’s response and to any other interventions received, no later than 14 January 2019.

Any document filed with the Commission must be served on other parties. Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date

While Iristel’s request for interim relief is to proceed on an expedited basis, in the circumstances, it will not be practicable for a decision to be rendered prior to 15 January 2019. In light of this, Commission staff expects that Bell Canada will maintain the status quo with respect to the rates charged to Iristel for the circuits in question until such time as the Commission renders an interim relief decision in this matter.

Procedural instructions concerning Iristel’s request for final relief will be provided at a later date.


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Martin Brazeau, CRTC,

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