The CRTC issued a renewed call for comments Monday on its proposed framework for implementing local landline competition in small markets as a part of its “obligation to serve” decision last May. In a notice of consultation, the CRTC said l’Association des Compagnies de téléphone du Québec Inc. (ACTQ) and the Ontario Telecommunications Association (OTA) asked the commission to reopen the proceeding after the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed their request to stay the commission’s decision to open up the companies’ service areas to local competition. The CRTC, which had originally planned to settle the matter by last October, said the groups’ companies had frustrated the proceeding by declining to provide requested information about the implementation of local competition. “The Commission considers it deplorable that a participant would not comply with Commission directives and elect not to participate in a proceeding in accordance with established timelines,” the CRTC notice of consultation said. “However, the Commission considers that, in the context of this proceeding, it requires information from the ACTQ/OTA members in order to render its decision and to discharge its mandate in the public interest on the matters raised. Accordingly, the Commission considers it appropriate to re-open the proceeding." The CRTC said several companies opposed the ACTQ/OTA request to reopen the proceedings, including Bell Aliant Inc., a BCE Inc. subsidiary. The ACTQ and OTA have until Aug. 8 to file proposals for implementing competition in their territories, and written comments are due Nov. 1, the commission said.