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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 16 to 20 May 2011‏


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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 16 to 20 May 2011

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies
in the coming week. This list may not be complete and is subject to change
without notice.

Telecom Decisions:

CISC consensus report – 9-1-1 Test Bed Interconnection
File number: 8621-C12-01/08
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/cisc/eng/scag1101.htm

Request for dispute resolution by Triton Global Business Services Inc.
related to the billing and collection service provided by MTS Allstream
Inc. File number: 8622-T125-201102475
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8622/t125_201102475.htm

Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership – Application to
exclude competition-related quality of service indicator 2.10 results
(Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) – CDNA and Type C Loops) from the rate rebate
plan for competitors for December 2010 – File number: 8680-B54-201103811
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8680/b54_201103811.htm

Telecom Regulatory Policy:

Static IP address allocation for third-party Internet access
File number: 8638-C12-201015207
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2010/8638/c12_201015207.htm

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CRTC sets speed target for broadband Internet and maintains obligation to provide basic home telephone service


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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, May 3, 2011

Broadband target

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
today set a target for broadband Internet access services across Canada.
By the end of 2015, the CRTC expects all Canadians to have access to
broadband speeds of at least 5 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads
and 1 Mbps for uploads.

“A well-developed broadband infrastructure will serve as a gateway for
Canadians to participate in the digital economy,” said Konrad von
Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “The target we have established
is the minimum speed we believe consumers in rural and remote areas should
be able to receive. The industry is actively responding to market demands
and we have every confidence in its ability to meet the target.”

The CRTC anticipates that this target will be reached through a
combination of private investments, targeted government funding and
public-private partnerships. The launch of new satellites and advances in
wireless technologies will make it possible to provide Canadians in rural
and remote regions with reliable broadband connections at reasonable rates
and higher speeds than those available today.

Despite Canada’s unique geography, 95% of households currently have access
to Internet download speeds of at least 1.5 Mbps through telephone, cable
or fixed-wireless networks. Over 80% of households already have access to
download speeds of 5 Mbps or higher.

The CRTC will closely monitor the industry’s progress in reaching the
target.

Local telephone service

Given that competition is flourishing in 80% of residential telephone
markets, the CRTC has lifted the requirement to meet the basic service
objective in these deregulated areas. The CRTC determined, however, that
large telephone companies must continue to offer residential subscribers a
basic telephone line at a reasonable rate. Companies will have the
flexibility to gradually increase rates for this service over the next
three years, to a maximum of $30 per month.

In regulated areas, the CRTC is maintaining the obligation to provide
basic residential telephone service and to meet the basic service
objective. Most incumbent telephone companies will continue to receive a
subsidy to ensure basic telephone service is offered to all consumers in
rural and remote areas and to help offset higher costs.

The CRTC will phase-in a new formula over the next three years, which will
reduce subsidies available to companies in regulated areas. To offset lost
subsidies, companies will have the option of gradually raising rates to a
maximum of $30 per month by 2013.

“Some companies in rural and remote areas charge their customers much less
than what it actually costs them to provide this service and, as a result,
their rates are lower than in urban areas. The new price ceiling will make
for a more consistent and reasonable rate across Canada and reduce the
reliance on subsidies,” said Mr. von Finckenstein.

Local competition

Finally, the CRTC will continue to encourage greater consumer choice in
the residential telephone market for Canadians in rural and remote areas.
The CRTC has decided to maintain its existing framework for competitors
wishing to enter territories served exclusively by smaller telephone
companies.

To ensure that the smaller companies are able to provide reasonable access
to residential telephone service, the CRTC has introduced the following
measures:

Smaller telephone companies will continue to receive subsidies for their
subscribers until competitors can offer service to 75 per cent of the
market.

Smaller telephone companies will be able to claim half of the subsidy they
would normally receive for subscribers that switch to a competitor during
the first three years of competition.

New entrants will be required to pay the start-up costs in markets where
the smaller telephone company has fewer than 3,000 subscribers. Start-up
costs can include those associated with ensuring that consumers are able
to keep the same telephone number when changing providers (number
portability) or connecting the competitor’s network with that of the
smaller telephone company.

Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-291
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-291.htm

The CRTC

The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference document:

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-43
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-43.htm

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CRTC decisions and regulatory policies for the week of 7 to 11 June 2010‏


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CRTC decisions and regulatory policies for the week of 7 to 11 June 2010

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies
in the coming week. This list may not be complete and is subject to change
without notice.

Broadcasting decisions:

Application by Radio Port-Cartier inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-12.htm#1 to increase the
authorized contours of the radio station CIPC-FM Port-Cartier by increasing
its transmitter’s average effective radiated power

Applications by Dufferin Communications Inc.,
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-133.htm#2
Larche Communications Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-62.htm#3
and Newcap Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-769.htm to change
the authorized contours of radio stations CIRR-FM Toronto, CJOS-FM Owen Sound
and CHFT FM Fort McMurray, respectively

Applications by various licensees, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-175.htm
all controlled by Corus Entertainment Inc., to amend the broadcasting licences
for nine national, English-language specialty services so that they may be made
available for distribution in high definition (HD) format until the end of their
licence terms

Telecom decisions:

Decisions related to Violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications
Rules

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Upcoming CRTC Decisions


Upcoming CRTC Decisions and regulatory policies

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and regulatory policies in
the coming week. This list may not be complete and is subject to change
without notice.

Week: 22 to 26 March 2010

Broadcasting decision:

Application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-516.htm#2 to amend the
broadcasting licence for the radio station CIOC-FM Victoria in order to
operate a transmitter at Saltspring Island

Regulatory policy:

A group-based approach to the licensing of private television services
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-411.htm

Report:
The implications and advisability of implementing a compensation regime
for the value of local television signals
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-614.htm

Telecom decisions:

New Telecommunications Fees Regulations
File number: 8657 C12 200914441
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8657/c12_200914441.htm

NorthernTel, Limited Partnership – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of residential local exchange services in the exchanges of
Cobalt, Haileybury and New Liskeard, Ontario – File number:
8640-N51-201000380
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2010/8640/n51_201000380.htm

On Call Internet Services Ltd. – Application for urgent and expedited
relief against service suspension and disconnection by TELUS
Communications Company
File number: 8661-O40-200911778
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8661/o40_200911778.htm

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CRTC Decisions


March 16, 2010

Media Advisory – CRTC Media Lock-Up – Regulatory Policy framework on
group-based licencing of ownership groups

WHEN: March 22, 2010
Lock-up: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: CRTC Central Office
1 Promenade du Portage, Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building, Gatineau, Quebec

OTTAWA-GATINEAU – On March 22, 2010, a media lock-up will be held from
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for the Regulatory Policy framework
on group-based licencing of ownership groups.

Any parties interested in attending the lock-up are asked to contact Peggy
Nebout at
819-953-4466 or peggy.nebout@crtc.gc.ca by March 19 at 12:00 p.m. Due to
space constraints, only one reporter is allowed per news organization.
They will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon arrival.

No one will be permitted to leave the lock-up before 4:00 p.m. Cameras are
not allowed in the designated room. They may be set up in the main floor
lobby at 1 Promenade du Portage. Cell phones, wireless handheld devices
(e.g. Blackberries), pagers, etc. must be left with the CRTC staff in the
room. Laptop owners must disable wireless capabilities prior to arriving
at the CRTC. Telephone lines and Internet will be available at the CRTC at
4 p.m.

The decision will be posted on the CRTC website at 4:00 p.m. at
http://www.crtc.gc.ca
The CRTC
The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference document: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-411
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-411.htm
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Media Relations:
http://support.crtc.gc.ca/CRTCSubmissionMU/forms/Mediarelations.aspx?lang=e

Tel: 819-997-9403, Fax: 819-997-4245

General Inquiries:
Tel: 819-997-0313, TDD: 819-994-0423, Fax: 819-994-0218
Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/rapidsccm/register.asp?lang=e

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