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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 23 December 1997
Telecom Order CRTC 97-1922
In Regulatory Framework - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission Telecom Public Notice CRTC 97-7, 19 February 1997, the Commission expressed the preliminary view that the regulatory framework established for Québec-Téléphone in Regulatory Framework for Québec-Téléphone and Télébec ltée, Telecom Decision CRTC 96-5, 7 August 1996, could apply to the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (the telecommunications operating division of which is now known as O.N. Tel).
File No.: 8085-RP0002/97
1. In expressing its preliminary view, the Commission contemplated $2.00 increases in the monthly rates for local access lines effective 1 January in each of the years 1998 and 1999 for O.N. Tel.
2. O.N. Tel notified its subscribers of the proposed local rate increases.
3. Comments were received from subscribers.
4. The Commission is of the view that local services are currently priced below cost and that prices should move towards costs as part of the regulatory framework to be established for O.N. Tel.
5. The Commission notes that with the introduction of toll competition in Bell Canada's (Bell) operating territory, whose toll rates are matched by O.N. Tel, the latter's subscribers have benefited from lower rates for long distance services.
6. In order to bring rates closer to cost, the Commission finds that increases of $2.00 should apply to rates for residence and business primary exchange services effective 1 January 1998, unless a particular local rate can be shown to be compensatory.
7. The Commission considers that O.N. Tel's settlement agreement with Bell should be made interim as of 1 January 1998 in order to allow the additional revenues from these local rate increases to be reflected in a lower negotiated revenue settlement agreement for 1998.
8. As a result of procedural delays, the Commission will not be pronouncing on the entire regulatory framework for O.N. Tel in this Order. Rather, the Commission intends to deal only with rate rebalancing at this time.
9. The Commission expects to issue a decision regarding the remaining features of O.N. Tel's regulatory framework by the end of the second Quarter of 1998.
10. In light of the foregoing, the Commission orders that:
(a) O.N. Tel increase rates for residence and business primary exchange services by $2.00 effective 1 January 1998 unless a particular rate can be shown to be compensatory; and
(b) O.N. Tel issue revised tariff pages forthwith.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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