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Telecom Public Notice CRTC 98-31

  Ottawa, 3 November 1998


  File No.: Bell Tariff Notice 6285
  1. On 25 September 1998, the Commission received an application under Tariff Notice (TN) 6285 from Bell Canada (Bell), proposing to charge a per call usage fee to Interexchange Carriers (IXCs) and providers of pre-paid calling cards for toll-free access at the company's public and semi-public pay telephones. The proposed charge is equal to the rate for local calls originating from pay telephones.
  2. Bell stated that prior to the introduction of competition in the long distance market, all toll-free calls originating at pay telephones in Bell territory were carried by Bell. Since the company would have received revenue associated with these toll-free calls, there was no need to have a specific charge for toll-free calls originating from its pay telephones. Bell further stated that a significant and growing portion of the toll-free calls originating at the company's pay telephones are now carried by competing IXCs and that it receives no explicit compensation for these calls.
  3. The Commission notes that interventions on this application have been received from Canada Payphone Corporation, AT&T Canada Long Distance Services Company, and London Telecom Network Inc.
  4. The Commission considers that a wider public proceeding is warranted and therefore invites comments on Bell's proposal.
  5. A copy of the application may be obtained by any interested person upon request directed to Bell at: Bell Canada, Regulatory Matters, 6th Floor, 105 Hôtel de Ville Street, Hull, QC, J8X 4H7, fax:  819-778-3437.
  6. The application may be examined at any of the company's business offices or at the offices of the CRTC in the following locations:

Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage
Room 201
Hull, Quebec

Bank of Commerce Building
1809 Barrington Street
Suite 1007
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Place Montréal Trust
1800 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1920
Montréal, Quebec

55 St. Clair Avenue East,
Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario

275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba

580 Hornby Street
Suite 530
Vancouver, British Columbia

  7. Other documents forming part of the record of this proceeding may, as noted above, be examined at the Commission office in Hull, or will be made available in the above Regional Offices promptly upon request.
  8. Parties who have commented on TN 6285 are made parties to this proceeding. Other persons wishing to participate in this proceeding must file a notice of intention to participate with the Commission by writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, fax: 819-953-0795, by 16 November 1998.
  9. Parties may address interrogatories to Bell. Any such interrogatories must be filed with the Commission and served on Bell at the above address by 20 November 1998.
  10. Responses to interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 1 December 1998.
  11. Parties may file comments, serving copies on all other parties, by 11 December 1998.
  12. Bell may file reply comments, serving copies on all parties, by 23 December 1998.
  13. In addition to hard copy filings, parties are encouraged to file with the Commission electronic versions of their submissions in accordance with the Commission's Interim Telecom Guidelines for the Handling of Machine-Readable Files, dated 30 November 1995. The Commission's Internet email address for electronically filed documents is Electronically filed documents can be accessed at the Commission's Internet site at
  14. When a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.
  15. The Commission expects to issue a ruling with respect to Bell TN 6285 by March 1999.
  Secretary General
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