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Telecom Order

Ottawa, 3 September 1998
Telecom Order CRTC 98-888
By letter dated 5 June 1998, AT&T Canada Long Distance Services Company (AT&T Canada LDS) requested a contribution exemption for a dedicated cross-border circuit to be used in conjunction with the AT&T Canada LDS Asynchronous Transfer Mode network.
File No.: 8626-A4-06/98
1.AT&T Canada LDS requested that the effective date be the date of the application (5 June 1998). By letter dated 16 July 1998, AT&T Canada LDS filed a technical audit of the configuration in confidence with the Commission and Bell Canada (Bell).
2.By letter dated 22 July 1998, Bell stated that it has reviewed the technical audit report and noted that the auditor has confirmed that certain circuits appear to be provisioned as dedicated to single customers and that other circuits on the same facility are currently unused. In this respect, Bell submitted that in light of the use of the cross-border facility, AT&T Canada LDS' application should best be characterized as a request for a dedicated contribution exemption, as well as a request for an exemption with respect to unused or spare facilities.
3.In light of the auditor's confirmation that the facilities are provisioned as either dedicated or spare capacity at the time of the audit, Bell agreed with the requested exemption. Bell assumed that AT&T Canada LDS continues to have in place appropriate control procedures to ensure that the configuration remains compliant on a going-forward basis. Bell also recommended that the configuration be subject to future random audits.
4.The Commission is of the view that AT&T Canada LDS has filed a satisfactory technical audit which meets the evidentiary requirements for dedicated and unused facilities and notes that Bell agrees. The Commission is also of view that the configuration should be subject to future random audits consistent with its precedent.
5.In light of the foregoing:
(i) AT&T Canada LDS' application is approved effective the date of the application (5 June 1998); and
(ii) the configuration is subject to future random audits.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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