Telecom - Commission Letter adressed to Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 21 September 2021

Our reference:  8740-A53-202104959


Philippe Gauvin
Assistant General Counsel
Bell Canada
Floor 19
160 Elgin St.
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4

Subject: Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 551 – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) Access Service – Fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) – Request for Information

Dear Mr. Gauvin:

On 21 July 2021, the Commission received an application from Bell Aliant, filed under tariff notice 551, in which the company is requesting the Commission to approve wholesale rate changes for residential and business ADSL services (ADSL services) Footnote1, in order to be consistent with determinations from Decision 2016-117Footnote2 and Decision 2021-181.Footnote3

Commission staff is seeking additional information from Bell Aliant and is setting out further process related to this application. Bell Aliant is to provide their responses to the attached questions by no later than 04 October 2021.

Commission staff is continuing its analysis of the above-noted file. Owing to this ongoing analysis and the interrogatory process, the Commission will not be able to dispose of this file within 45 business days following their receipt. However, the Commission intends to dispose of this application within six months from the date of this letter.


Original signed by

Chris Noonan
Director, Competitor Services and Costing Implementation
Telecommunications sector
c.c.: Matthew Alexander,
William Lloyd,

Attach (1)

  1. Refer to paragraph 2 in the application, where Bell Aliant submitted that the Commission made all existing aggregated wholesale FTTN rates interim in Decision 2016-117, including Bell Aliant ADSL services, and that these ADSL rates are now final pursuant to Decision 2021-181, subject to the removal of the 10% supplementary mark-up in that determination. Footnote4
    • Further, refer to paragraph 5 where Bell Aliant proposed to implement the tariff revisions effective 20 August 2021.
    1. Confirm that Bell Aliant is proposing to removal of the 10% supplementary mark-up for their ADSL services effective on 20 August 2021.
    2. Given that the Commission, in Order 2019-288, determined that the removal of the 10% supplementary mark-up be effective as of 31 March 2016, as affirmed in Decision 2021-181,Footnote5 explain with supporting rationale and evidence why Bell Aliant is proposing an effective date of 20 August 2021 as opposed to an effective date of 31 March 2016.    
  2. To assist Commission staff’s analysis on the proposed effective date on Bell Aliant’s application, please provide the following:
    1. The estimated retroactive amount per ADSL service assuming an effective date of 31 March 2016 for the removal of the 10% supplementary mark-up.
    2. Provide all inputs, calculations, and assumptions used in support of the estimated retroactive amount per ADSL service from response 2(a) Footnote6
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