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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 31 July 1998
Telecom Order CRTC 98-765
On 25 June 1998, Metronet Communications Group Inc. (Metronet) requested that the Commission grant interim approval to the loop selection service proposed by Stentor Resource Centre Inc. (Stentor) in Tariff Notice (TN) 658 and TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) in TN 1038, both dated 23 April 1998.
File Nos.: Stentor TN 658 and TCI TN 1038
1.Metronet requested that that the proposed tariff revisions be granted interim approval, modified such that no charge applies for the provision of the service.
2.By letter dated 2 July 1998, Stentor submitted that it had no objection to the Commission granting interim approval to Stentor TN 658 and TCI TN 1038.
3.Stentor requested that the tariffs be made effective 30 days after such an approval to allow the companies sufficient time to implement billing/service order changes in order to meet customer demand for the service.
4.Stentor also submitted, however, that Metronet's request that loop selection service be provided for free should be denied. Stentor indicated that the companies would be providing a service for which they would incur costs, which they are entitled to recover.
5.On 8 July 1998, Metronet reiterated its request for the Commission to grant interim approval to Stentor TN 658 and TCI TN 1038 at no rate during the interim period. Metronet submitted that the proposed rates were unjust and moreover, a true-up could be effected once the final rates are approved.
6.By letter dated 10 July 1998, Call-Net Enterprises Inc. (Call-Net) filed comments in support of Metronet's proposal.
7.On 13 July 1998, Stentor submitted that Metronet and Call-Net had made unsubstantiated comments regarding the validity of the proposed rates, which it intended to address in the proceeding currently under way related to Stentor TN 658 and TCI TN 1038.
8.Stentor objected to the true up process proposed by Metronet, and supported by Call-Net, noting that it would be administratively burdensome, due to the time that it takes to reconcile, as well as the complexities of tracking and maintaining the relevant data.
9.Stentor submitted that in the event that the Commission approves the loop selection tariff on an interim basis, the rates proposed by Stentor and TCI should apply.
10.The Commission agrees with Stentor that the companies will be providing a service and incurring costs that they are entitled to recover and that a true-up would be administratively burdensome.
11.The Commission also notes that in Telecom Order 98-718, dated 22 July 1998, it granted interim approval to the generally lower unbundled loop rates proposed by the companies in Stentor TN 516 and TCI TN 948.
12.In light of the foregoing, the Commission orders that:
(a) Stentor TN 568 and TCI TN 1038 are approved on an interim basis with the rates specified therein; and
(b) The companies are directed to make loop selection service available within 30 days of this Order at the latest.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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