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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 6 July 1998
Telecom Order CRTC 98-668
On 21 April 1998, Maritime Tel & Tel Limited (MT&T) filed Tariff Notice (TN) 698 proposing to revise the company's small Centrex service (1 to 29 Centrex lines/locals) by simplifying the rate structure, reducing the rates for Centrex locals and streamlining the choice of optional features. MT&T filed an imputation test with its application. On 29 April 1998, MT&T filed TN 698A to make corrections to its original proposal. Interventions were received from Networks Communications (27 April 1998 and 8 May 1998) and Long Distance Atlantic (8 May 1998).
File No.: Tariff Notice 698
1.The Commission notes that MT&T's proposal represents a major revision of its small Centrex rate structure. The elimination of the analogue versus digital and single versus multiple wire centre options allows the replacement of four rate tables with one. The Commission further notes that this new single rate table represents a rate decrease for all of the company's existing small Centrex customers.
2.Further, some of these customers would receive additional rate reductions because the proposed basic rates for Centrex locals would include certain features which are currently rated separately as options.
3.The interveners stated that the proposed changes would directly hinder the ability of Centrex resellers and alternative local service providers in the province of Nova Scotia to compete with MT&T in the small business marketplace.
4.MT&T replied that the proposed changes result from customer demand in the market for small Centrex and that, contrary to interveners' allegations, a significant price differential would remain between the large Centrex service and the proposed rates for small Centrex.
5.The Commission notes that the proposed rates pass the imputation test and that the service is available for resale and sharing.
6.The Commission considers that the proposed tariff revisions are appropriate and approves TNs 698/A effective the date of this Order.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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