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Telecom Order


Ottawa, 31 May 1999


Telecom Order CRTC 99-480


On 24 August 1998, Mornington Communications Co-operative Limited filed an application for approval of tariff revisions to introduce Basic Access Service Improvements and to restructure its local rates.


File No.: Tariff Notice 16


1.The company proposed to increase local residential and business rates.


2.The Basic Access Service Improvements proposed by the company consist of an expanded local calling area and the elimination of locality charges. The company's proposed expanded local calling area would introduce new Extended Area Service (EAS) links consistent with Bell Canada's (Bell) Natural Calling Centres (NCCs).


3.In its comments, Bell noted that the proposed EAS links to Linwood and Listowel did not meet the NCC criteria.


4.In response to Bell's comments, the company argued that the Linwood EAS link did in fact conform to the NCC criteria. The company also maintained its request to establish the EAS link to Listowel.


5.In Review of Contribution Regime of Independent Telephone Companies in Ontario and Quebec, Telecom Decision CRTC 99-5, 21 April 1999 (Decision 99-5), the Commission ordered independent telephone companies in Ontario and Quebec to increase their local rates to Bell rate levels, effective 1 July 1999. In Decision 99-5, the Commission also considered that independent telephone companies should be allowed to immediately file tariffs to eliminate mileage charges and, in certain circumstances, expand local calling areas based on NCCs.


6.The Commission notes that the proposed rate increases are not consistent with its determinations in Decision 99-5. The Commission is of the view that the company should implement the local rate increases ordered in Decision 99-5.


7.The Commission notes that the proposed Basic Access Service Improvements, with the exception of the proposed EAS link to Listowel, are consistent with Decision 99-5.


8.The Commission considers that a number of independent telephone companies will likely be proposing the introduction of new EAS links with Bell, consistent with Decision 99-5. The Commission considers that the concurrent introduction of a number of EAS links would likely strain both the independent telephone companies' and Bell's resources. Given this, the Commission considers that the company should have some flexibility with respect to the scheduling of the effective dates of the approved EAS links.


9.In light of the foregoing, the Commission orders that:


(1) Tariff Notice 16 is approved, as modified by paragraphs (2), (3), (4) and (5) below.


(2) The company is to implement local rate increases consistent with the Commission's Decision 99-5 determinations, effective 1 July 1999.


(3) The proposed EAS link to Listowel is denied.


(4) The company is to implement the approved EAS links by 30 September 1999.


(5) The company is to implement the remaining aspects of its application, effective 1 July 1999.


(6) The company is to issue revised tariff pages to reflect the above revisions.


Secretary General


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