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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 10 July 1998
Telecom Order CRTC 98-681
On 5 June 1998, Télébec ltée (Télébec) filed an application for approval of tariff revisions reflecting the withdrawal of a business local measured service named "Service de ligne à messages tarifés" effective 1 September 1998.
File No.: Tariff Notice 190
1.The service provides for a limited number of calls at the basic rate after which each additional call is metered and charged back to the customer.
2.Télébec noted that the service is currently offered on a limited basis and has only 10 remaining customers.
3.Télébec noted that billing information is collected manually each month at the serving central office. Télébec also noted that the necessary metering equipment is obsolete and no longer provides exact data.
4.Télébec submitted that the limited number of customers no longer justifies the cost of maintaining the billing support and technology necessary for this service.
5.Télébec stated that it intends to advise its remaining customers of the withdrawal prior to the effective date of 1 September 1998.
6.Télébec proposed to migrate the remaining customers to its individual line service tariff.
7.On the basis of the information filed by Télébec, the Commission is satisfied on a prima facie basis that the withdrawal of the service is warranted.
8.The Commission is of the view that Télébec should advise the customers of the service of the withdrawal and allow an opportunity for comment to the Commission prior to final disposition.
9.In light of the foregoing, the Commission orders that:
(a) The proposed tariff revisions are approved on an interim basis.
(b) Télébec is to advise the concerned customers of the service of its proposal, the Commission's interim disposition and the opportunity to provide comments to the Commission within seven days.
(c) Customers are to be allowed a 14 day comment period.
(d) Télébec is to reply to any comments within five days of receipt of the comments from subscribers.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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