The CRTC has denied the Canadian Network Operators Consortium’s (CNOC) request to require cable companies to establish new disaggregated points of interconnection. CNOC had said Rogers Communications Inc.’s changes to its network would result in customers of third-party providers being moved from disaggregated points of interconnection (POI) to an aggregated one, forcing them into a new rate regime. Aggregated points of interconnection mean third party operators connect to the incumbent’s network at fewer locations. Disaggregated points require interconnections at various points throughout the network. In telecom decision 2010-632, the commission directed the cable companies to provide third-party access through as few points of interconnection as possible. CNOC requested that the CRTC bar cable companies from refusing to use disaggregated points of interconnection under the existing rate structure or to disrupt a third party provider's customer base during the reconfigurations. “The commission considers that, in the longer term, aggregated POIs will help TPIA customers and that the major impact of rerouting existing end-customers’ traffic through aggregated POIs will be on the rates charged to TPIA customers,” the commission said in a decision Wednesday. Rogers’ migration to aggregated points of interconnection is not scheduled until November 2011. The commission said expects final rates to be in place by that time for wholesale usage-based billing so that customers of third-party providers will have adequate notice of the rate changes.