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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 1 April 1998
Telecom Order CRTC 98-308
By letter dated 19 February 1998, AIC Asia International Services (Ontario) Corporation (AIC) filed a technical audit report of AIC's network and facilities used to provide Internet services in response to Telecom Order CRTC 98-22, 20 January 1998 (Order 98-22).
File No.: 8626-A37-01/97
1. In Order 98-22, the Commission directed AIC to initiate a technical audit of its network configuration, stating at paragraph 4: "The Commission notes that: (1) pursuant to Applications for Contribution Exemptions, Telecom Decision CRTC 93-2, 1 April 1993, where a company offers both voice and data services, an exemption may be granted for facilities used for data traffic where such facilities are separate and partitioned from facilities used to carry voice traffic and where the carrier cannot verify the configuration, a technical audit by a registered professional engineer is required to ensure that the services are configured to limit use to data traffic (in this case Internet data traffic); (2) consistent with the current contribution exemption regime, the engineer must confirm that appropriate control procedures are in place to ensure that the arrangement remains configured to qualify for an exemption on a going-forward basis; and (3) in light of Order 97-590, the technical audit must ensure that the configuration in question carries only pure Internet traffic as of 1 January 1998 to maintain the exemption."
2. By letter dated 10 March 1998, Bell Canada (Bell) stated that it had reviewed the technical audit report provided by AIC and noted that the audit appears to have satisfied the Commission's requirements as identified in Order 98-22. Accordingly, Bell stated that it agreed with the requested exemption.
3. The Commission is of the view that AIC has filed a satisfactory technical audit which fulfills the requirements of Order 98-22, and notes that Bell also agrees.
4. In light of the foregoing, the Commission orders that:
(a) AIC's application is approved effective 16 October 1997, the date of the original affidavit attached to AIC's letter of application dated 20 October 1997.
(b) The configuration is subject to the possibility of future random audits, pursuant to the Commission's precedent.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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