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Ottawa, 11 September 1996
Decision CRTC 96-629
Canadian Satellite Communications Inc.
Across Canada - 952959500
Addition of signal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-78 dated 11 June 1996, the Commission approves in part the application by Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. (Cancom) to amend the broadcasting licence of its multiple-channel television and radio broadcasting relay distribution undertaking, by adding the Quebec National Assembly proceedings channel to the list of signals that it is authorized to distribute.
In its application, Cancom proposed to charge its affiliates the following average rates per subscriber per month for the distribution of the service: $0.15 for Class 1 and 2 (2,000 or more subscribers) undertakings; $0.20 for Class 2 undertakings with fewer than 2,000 subscribers; and $0.25 for Part III undertakings.
L'Association des câblodistributeurs du Québec (ACQ), Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) and Westman Media Cooperative Ltd. filed interventions opposing the rates proposed by Cancom. The interveners opposed in particular Cancom's proposal to charge higher rates to smaller cable undertakings.
In the Commission's view, Cancom has not justified the proposed rate structure according to which it would charge, for distribution of the service approved herein, monthly rates that would vary according to the size of a cable undertaking. The Commission is of the view that the proposed rates constitute a discriminatory practice in base market areas. The Commission therefore denies that part of the application proposing rates and requires Cancom to follow the rate card filed with the Commission on 19 April 1995, wherein the rates charged to satellite-dependent affiliates are based on the number of services carried and the length of the agreement between the affiliates and Cancom.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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