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Ottawa, 30 January 1996
Decision CRTC 96-30
Télécâble Provincial inc.
Val-des-Monts, Quebec - 951596600
 Deletion of local head end and interconnection to the Laurentien Câble TV inc. undertaking serving Hull, Aylmer and Gatineau; licence amendment
Following Public Notice CRTC 1995-191 dated 9 November 1995, the Commission approves the application by Télécâble Provincial inc. for authority to delete the local head end at Val-des-Monts and to interconnect this undertaking, via optical fibre, with the Laurentien Câble TV inc. undertaking serving Hull, Aylmer and Gatineau and to be relieved of the requirement of Section 4 of the Cable Television Regulations, 1986 (the regulations), that it own and operate its local head end.
 The Commission also approves, by condition of licence, the licensee's request to be relieved from the requirement of section 22 of the regulations to distribute the priority signals of CICA-TV-24 (TV0) and CFMT-TV-2 Ottawa on the basic band (channels 2 to 13). The Commission notes that the licensee will distribute these signals on channels 22 and 14, respectively.
 Further, the Commission approves the licensee's request with respect to section 23 of the regulations. Accordingly, it is a condition of licence that the licensee be relieved of the requirement that it distribute at least four television programming services as provided for in section 23 of the regulations, so long as it distributes only those U.S. television services listed in the current application or as may be authorized by the Commission. In that respect, the Commission received an intervention from Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. (Cancom) supporting the application for interconnection, but submitting that the total savings in Cancom fees should be passed on to the subscribers.
 Finally, the licensee is authorized to distribute WOKR (ABC), WHEC-TV (NBC), WROC-TV (CBS) Rochester and WNPE-TV (PBS) Watertown, New York, received via optical fibre, on the basic service of its undertaking.
 Consistent with the approach it has taken with applications of this nature, the Commission considers that the amortization costs of $0.60 per subscriber per month related to the interconnection should be borne by the licensee, not by subscribers. The Commission expects the licensee to reduce its basic fee from $25,90 to $23.53 instead of $24.13. Accordingly, the applicant is expected to submit a report, within three months of the date of this decision, confirming that it has reduced its subscriber fee.
 Allan J. Darling
 Secretary General

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