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Telecom Public Notice

Ottawa, 10 July 1997
Telecom Public Notice CRTC 97-27
Reference: 97-8632-B1-01
1. The Commission has received an application from BC TEL, dated 16 May 1997, for approval of revisions to BC TEL's criteria for the provision of one-way extended area service (EAS).
2. BC TEL stated that its proposed revisions are intended to address the needs of customers who do not qualify for extended local calling under the criteria for the provision of one-way EAS which were established in British Columbia Telephone Company - Revenue Requirement for the Years 1988 and 1989 and Revised Criteria for Extended Area Service, Telecom Decision CRTC 88-21,19 December 1988 and amended in the Commission's letter decision of 24 April 1991 to BC TEL.
3. In order to receive one-way EAS under those criteria:
(i) at least 60% of subscribers in one exchange must call the other exchange at least once a month during three out of four study months;
(ii) the distance between the exchanges' rate centres (normally the main switching centre in an exchange) must not exceed 40 miles, unless no accessible exchange rate centre exists within 40 miles, in which case the limit is extended to 60 miles; and
(iii) a simple majority (over 50% of subscribers who vote) of subscribers whose basic local rates would be increased must approve of the new service.
4. Under BC TEL's proposal, in cases where (1) either criteria (i) or (ii) or both are not met, (2) a local or regional government makes a request for a specific EAS route, (3) the requested EAS route involves exchange rate centres that are within 60 miles of each other, and (4) the implementation of the route would result in monthly rate increases due to upgrouping, BC TEL would conduct a referendum ballot consistent with established procedures subject to the requesting party paying for all the costs associated with the balloting procedure.
5. In support of its application, BC TEL submitted in confidence, with an abridged version for the public record, an overview of the financial impact of a sample of potential EAS routes recently requested by local governments.
6. The record of this proceeding may be examined during normal business hours at any of the CRTC offices listed below:
Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage
Room 201
Hull, Quebec
K1A 0N2
Tel: (819) 997-2429
Fax: (819) 953-0795
TDD: (819) 994-0423
530-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3B6
Tel: (604) 666-2111
Fax: (604) 666-8322
TDD: (604) 666-0778
7. Copies of BC TEL's application can be obtained by any interested person upon request directed to BC TEL at the address shown below.
8. If you wish to comment on the application, please write to Mrs. Laura M. Talbot-Allan, Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, by 11 August 1997. A copy of your letter should be sent to Ms. Sandra Hertz, Director - Regulatory Matters, BC TEL, 3777 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5H 3Z7.
9. BC TEL may file any reply comments by 21 August 1997.
10. 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, by 19 August 1997. The Commission's Internet email address for electronically filed documents is Electronically filed documents can be accessed at the Commission's Internet site at
11. Where a document is required to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely mailed, by that date.
This document is available in alternative format upon request.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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