Telus calls for small cell attachment ruling to be postponed


Originally published by The Wire Report

The CRTC should not rule on a Quebecor Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. application for the regulator to compel BCE Inc. to allow small cell technologies to be attached to Bell’s poles at rates set by the Support Structure Service Tariffs until a review of mobile wireless services is complete, Telus Corp. is arguing.

In an intervention to Rogers and Quebecor’s Part 1 application, uploaded to the CRTC website on June 15, Telus said the applicability of those tariffs for wireless antenna deployments were being addressed in the review and it would be “premature to order carriers to begin implementing access obligations which are currently being considered and in the process of deployment.”

“It would be a mistake to order immediate access under the terms of existing support structure tariffs when there are obviously many questions that must be resolved, especially when those questions are already before the Commission in an ongoing proceeding,” Telus said in its intervention.

Rogers and Quebecor filed the Part 1 application on May 13, saying Bell had refused to grant access to its poles in accordance with the tariffs for more than 12 months.

Bell has insisted that wireless attachments are governed exclusively by the tower sharing conditions of licence established by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada in refusing to process applications according to the tariffs, Rogers and Quebecor claimed in their application.

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