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Telecom Order CRTC 99-1136


Ottawa, 9 December 1999


File No.: Tariff Notice 100


1. On 23 June 1999, TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) filed Tariff Notice (TN) 100 to merge the Centrex Service tariffs of the former TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) and TELUS Communications (Edmonton) Inc. (TCEI) and also to rationalize the treatment of the Centrex multiline/high usage rates. The latter is in response to Telecom Order CRTC 99-315, dated 1 April 1999 (Order 99-315), in which the Commission denied a series of TCI and TCEI TNs (1009, 1010, 1058, 66, 68, 69) because it considered that the proposed multiline/high usage items could lead to discrimination in the application of the tariff. On 24 September 1999, TELUS filed TN 100A making an amendment to TN 100.


2. Of particular concern to the Commission was a provision in TCI's existing Centrex multiline tariffs that states that the multiline rates do not apply if the number of terminals of the attached key system does not exceed the number of access lines (referred to as the 1:1 Rule). In Order 99-315, the Commission directed TCI to file proposed tariffs that would eliminate the 1:1 Rule.


3. On 23 July 1999, London Telecom Network Inc. (London Telecom) intervened stating that the proposals in TN 100 did not adequately address the concerns expressed by the Commission in Order 99-315. In London Telecom's view, the proposed multiline rates were similar to the previously proposed high usage rates which the Commission objected to in Order 99-315. London Telecom also submitted that the proposed assignment of contract rules were still too restrictive.


4. TELUS replied on 13 August 1999 stating that the new proposal for Centrex multiline rates meets the Commission's directive in Order 99-315. TELUS stated that its proposal to limit assignment of contracts and subsequent aggregation of access lines, without paying termination charges, to instances where the customer names that appear on the contracts are one and the same or, the customer whose name appears on one of the contracts is an affiliate of the customer whose name appears on the other contract, is similar to a provision that the Commission has approved for other companies.


5. With respect to the assignment of Centrex contracts, the Commission notes that where contracts are assigned to another party without subsequent aggregation of the access lines, termination charges would not apply.


6. The Commission considers that TN 100 meets its directives as set out in Order 99-315. Accordingly, the Commission approves TNs 100 and 100A effective 1 February 2000.


Secretary General


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