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Ottawa, 23 September 1992
Telecom Public Notice CRTC 92-55
The Commission has received an application from ITN Corporation (ITN), dated 19 June 1992, for trunk-side access to the public switched telephone networks (PSTNs) equivalent to that granted in Competition in the Provision of Public Long Distance Voice Telephone Services and Related Resale and Sharing Issues, Telecom Decision CRTC 92-12, 12 June 1992, (Decision 92-12). ITN proposes to pay the same level of contribution that the Commission found appropriate for the interconnection of Unitel Communications Inc. (Unitel) in Decision 92-12. ITN is currently registered with the Commission as a reseller of private lines on a joint-use basis.
In Decision 92-12, the Commission set out the terms and conditions governing the provision of trunk-side access arrangements to the PSTNs of Bell Canada, British Columbia Telephone Company, The Island Telephone Company Limited, Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company Limited, The New Brunswick Telephone Company Limited and Newfoundland Telephone Company Limited (collectively referred to as, the Decision 92-12 respondents).
Terms and conditions established in the Decision included charges for interconnecting circuits, for switching, transport and signalling functions, for start-up costs and for contribution payments.
In addition, the Commission stated that it is predisposed to approve, under similar circumstances, future applications for entry by interexchange carriers (IXCs), should such service providers be willing to abide by the terms and conditions established in the Decision, and provided that their shareholders are prepared to assume the risks and obligations associated with such entry. The Commission further noted that some of the terms and conditions set out in Decision 92-12 were established, in part, on the basis that IXCs are "companies" within the meaning of the Railway Act.
The Commission notes that, upon application by certain of the Decision 92-12 respondents, the Federal Court of Appeal has recently granted leave to appeal the Commission's determinations in Decision 92-12 regarding apportionment of start-up costs and contribution discounts. In addition, the Court granted, to certain of these respondents, stays with respect to the requirement in the Decision that the Decision 92-12 respondents provide trunk-side access.
While Decision 92-12 sets out terms and conditions for line-side access for Unitel as well as resellers, it does not address the issue of the provision of trunk-side access for resellers. Accordingly, the Commission seeks comment on this issue and specifically on the following questions raised by ITN's application:
1. whether it is appropriate to permit resellers trunk-side access to the PSTNs of the Decision 92-12 respondents, and, if so, whether under the same terms and conditions found appropriate for Unitel or other IXCs; or
3. if those terms and conditions are not considered appropriate, what terms and conditions should apply; and
4. if resellers are permitted trunk-side access, should they be subject to the other regulatory obligations established for IXCs in Decision 92-12.
1. In addition to ITN, the Decision 92-12 respondents, Unitel and BCRL are made parties to this proceeding.
2. Other persons wishing to participate in this proceeding (interveners) must file a notice of intention to participate by writing to Mr. Allan J. Darling, Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, by 23 October 1992. The Commission will issue a complete list of parties and their mailing addresses.
3. The parties and interveners may file comments with the Commission, serving copies on each other, by 2 December 1992.
4. The parties and interveners may file reply comments with the Commission, serving copies on each other, by 23 December 1992.
5. Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely mailed by that date.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General
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