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Telecom Public Notice

Ottawa, 18 February 1997
Telecom Public Notice CRTC 97-5
Reference: Tariff Notice 409
The Commission has received an application from Stentor Resource Centre Inc. (Stentor), dated 18 January 1997, for approval of tariff revisions providing for the introduction of competitive swipe card access to all the Stentor companies' public telephones equipped with card readers.
Stentor proposed that the customers for Card Swipe Access Service, the card platform providers, be required to register with one of the Stentor companies' Carrier Services Groups. Once a card platform provider has registered, its appropriately designed calling cards would be accepted at all of the Stentor companies' card reader-equipped public telephones. Stentor stated that it had disclosed the technical interface specifications on 15 January 1997, through industry channels.
Based on an estimate of the number of card platform providers expected to subscribe to the service, Stentor proposed a one-time charge of $36,500 per card platform provider. The charge would permit each card platform provider that subscribes to the service to make use of card swipe access at all of the Stentor companies' card reader-equipped public telephones without any limitation on the number of cards issued or the number of swipes made. Stentor stated that, as it is proposing to recover the costs equally from aIl card platform providers which request this service, a restriction on the sharing and resale of the service between card platform providers would be necessary.
In its application, Stentor also identified other requirements for card platform providers. Stentor proposed that (1) the swipe cards of the card platform provider include a unique three-digit identification sequence as provided by Stentor, (2) that the swipe cards contain a toll-free consumer help number printed on the card and (3) that the call platform provider be accessible to respond to customer inquiries at no charge to the card user.
The Commission requests comments on Stentor's proposed tariffs for Card Swipe Access.
1. The mailing addresses to be used in this proceeding are:
Mr. Allan J. Darling
Secretary General
Ottawa, Ontario
Fax: (819) 953-0795
Mrs. Catherine R. Cooper
Director - Tariffs
Stentor Resource Centre Inc.
Document Control & Distribution Centre
Floor 22
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 3J4
Fax: (613) 781-3514
2. Copies of the application may be obtained by any interested person upon request directed to Stentor at the address shown above.
3. The application may be examined at the Stentor business office or at the offices of the CRTC in the following locations:
Bank of Commerce Building
1809 Barrington Street
Suite 1007
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Place Montréal Trust
1800 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1920
Montréal, Quebec
275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba
580 Hornby Street
Suite 530
Vancouver, British Columbia
4. Persons wishing to participate in this proceeding must file a notice of intention to participate with the Commission by 21 March 1997. The Commission will issue a complete list of parties and their mailing addresses.
5. Parties may address interrogatories to Stentor. Any such interrogatories must be filed with the Commission and served on Stentor by 21 March 1997.
6. Responses to interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 11 April 1997.
7. Parties may file comments, serving copies on all other parties, by 25 April 1997.
8. Stentor may file reply comments, serving copies on all parties, by 20 May 1997.
9. In addition to hard copy filings, parties are encouraged to file with the Commission electronic versions of their submissions in accordance with the Commission's Interim Telecom Guidelines for the Handling of Machine-Readable Files, dated 30 November 1995. The Commission's Internet email address for electronically filed documents is Electronically filed documents can be accessed at the Commission's Internet site at
10. 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.
11. The Commission expects to issue a ruling with respect to this application by the third quarter of 1997.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General
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