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Telecom Order CRTC 99-1106


Ottawa, 25 November 1999


By letter dated 30 August 1999, AT&T Global Network Services Canada Co. (AGNSC) requested exemption from contribution charges for Canada-U.S. circuits used solely to provide data services to its customers. AGNSC indicated that it does not provide voice services to its customers. In support of its application, AGNSC filed an affidavit dated 30 August 1999.


File No.: 8626-A50-01/99


1. By letter dated 14 September 1999, Bell Canada (Bell) noted that AGNSC appears to be eligible for an exemption on the basis that the circuits would not be used to carry voice traffic. Bell submitted that the application might better be characterized as an advance request for a contribution exemption since there are no such circuits in place at this time. Bell submitted that any advance approval should be conditional upon receipt of a revised affidavit affirming that the services are used solely to carry data services after the first of such services are installed.


2. By letter dated 13 October 1999, AGNSC noted that when it filed its original contribution exemption application, it was not making use of or subscribing to the Canada-U.S. circuits referenced in the application. Nevertheless, AGNSC concluded that it would be prudent to file an advance request for a contribution exemption to ensure its contribution exempt status. AGNSC indicated that it has now subscribed to the circuits in question. AGNSC filed a revised affidavit indicating that, as of 1 September 1999, it had commenced leasing services from AT&T Canada Corp. for the purposes of providing data services to its customers. The affidavit indicated that the circuits used by AGNSC to provide service to its customers are used solely to carry data services.


3. The Commission finds that AGNSC's affidavit meets the Commission's evidentiary requirements. In light of the foregoing, AGNSC's application is approved effective the date AGNSC began using the circuits (1 September 1999) such that no contribution is payable.


Secretary General


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