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Telecom Order CRTC 99-1227

  Ottawa, 23 December 1999
  On 21 June 1999, Le Téléphone de St-Éphrem Inc. (St-Éphrem) filed an application for approval of tariff revisions introducing a billing and collection service for interexchange carriers.
  File No.: Tariff Notice 10
  1. St-Éphrem noted that the proposed billing and collection service was filed in accordance with Review of contribution regime of independent telephone companies in Ontario and Quebec, Telecom Decision CRTC 99-5, 21 April 1999 (Decision 99-5).
  2. In Decision 99-5, the Commission directed the independents telephone companies (independents) in Ontario and Quebec to file tariffs unbundling their billing and collection services.
  3. The Commission noted that the direct toll portion of the independent Carrier Access Tariff (CAT) rates included expenses related to billing and collection services the independents were carrying out on behalf of the incumbent toll carrier. The Commission concluded that unbundling the direct toll component, to the extent of removing those services which can be provided by alternate providers of long distance services themselves, such as billing and collection, would reduce the independents' CAT rates and help to reduce the barriers to competitive entry.
  4. In Decision 99-5, the Commission recognized that the independents were already in the process of working on developing the costs required to set the unbundled billing and collection rates and stated that the companies would be allowed flexibility in submitting their costing proposals.
  5. The Commission notes that the rates, terms and conditions proposed by the company defer significantly from those proposed by most other independents in the province of Quebec. The Commission is concerned that the proposed rates are not just and reasonable.
  6. The Commission is of the view that the company should adopt the rates, terms and conditions proposed by la Société d'administration des tariffs d'accès des télécommunicateurs (SATAT) on behalf of its members.
  7. In light of the foregoing the Commission approves a billing and collection service for St-Éphrem, effective 1 January 2000, with the same terms and conditions approved for SATAT member companies in Telecom Order CRTC 99-1226 dated 23 December 1999. St-Éphrem is to issue revised tariff pages reflecting the above.
  Secretary General
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