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Telecom Order CRTC 99-588


Ottawa, 25 June 1999


On 26 April 1999, Telesat Canada (Telesat) filed proposed interim tariff revisions providing for the collection of contribution on international traffic on a per-minute basis, effective 1 April 1999.


File No.:  Tariff Notice 612


1. In Telecom Order CRTC 99-302, 31 March 1999 (Order 99-302), the Commission granted interim approval, effective 1 April 1999, to tariff revisions for Bell Canada (Bell) implementing per-minute contribution charges on international traffic.


2. In that Order, the Commission directed Telesat and other carriers to file proposed interim tariff revisions consistent with the Bell tariff revisions granted interim approval in the Order, specifying an effective date of 1 April 1999.


3. The Commission has considered Telesat’s proposed revisions, and in order to more accurately reflect the tariff revisions given interim approval in Order 99-302, Telesat Tariff CRTC 8001, Page 11, Item 3.1.3, is revised on an interim basis, effective 1 April 1999, to read as follows:


The Company’s services may be shared or resold on a joint-use basis to provide interconnected interexchange services in accordance with the conditions set out below.


a) Resellers and sharing groups who use the company’s services or facilities to provide joint-use interconnected interexchange services are required to register with the Company and the Commission prior to receiving services.


b) The Company’s services shall not be furnished to an affiliate of the Company, or to a sharing group which involves one or more persons who is an affiliate of the Company, where such services would be resold on a joint-use basis or shared to provide interconnected interexchange services, except where such services would be used only to provide portable communications services.


c) The Company shall collect from resellers and sharing groups who procure the Company’s services to provide joint-use interconnected interexchange services, the contribution charges specified in 5.1 b) ii), except where the Company-provided circuit meets at least one of the conditions set out in Items 3.1.2 a), c) and d) and the reseller or sharing group has filed with the appropriate ILEC an affidavit stating which condition(s) are met.


d) As an exception to paragraph c) above, Class A licensees using the Company’s facilities to transport basic international service traffic between Canada and another country shall be responsible for reporting and remitting the applicable contribution to the ILEC in whose territory the international interconnection point is located, at the rate specified in that ILEC’s tariffs, with respect to contribution eligible traffic as may be defined by the Commission from time to time.


e) As an alternative to d) above, the Class A Licensee may choose to provide an itemized report, on a monthly basis, to an affiliated CLEC or a CLEC with which such Class A licensee has a preferred relationship, as defined in the Central Fund Administration Agreement, of the contribution charges owing and remit the applicable contribution payment to that CLEC. When a Class A licensee elects to use this alternative reporting method, that Class A licensee must advise the relevant ILEC in writing of this choice, at least one month prior to the date the change becomes effective.


4. On an interim basis, effective 1 April 1999, the following definitions are to be included in Item 2.0 of Telesat Tariff CRTC 8001:


"Class A licensee" means a telecommunications service provider who operates telecommunications facilities, whether owned by the service provider or leased by the service provider from a separate facilities provider, which are used in transporting basic telecommunications service traffic between Canada and another country. Such telecommunications service provider shall have obtained a Class A licence for the provision of basic international telecommunications services from the CRTC. For more information, refer to Telecom Decision CRTC 98-17.


"Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)" means a Canadian carrier as defined in section 2 of the Telecommunications Act, recognized as a CLEC by the CRTC pursuant to Telecom Decision CRTC 97-8.


"Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC)" means an ILEC as defined in Telecom Decision CRTC 97-8 ( i.e., BC TEL, Bell Canada, Island Telecom Inc., MTS Communications Inc., Maritime Tel & Tel Limited, NBTel Inc., NewTel Communications Inc. and TELUS Communications Inc.).


5. On an interim basis, effective 1 April 1999, Item 3.1.1 b) iii) on page 8 of Telesat Tariff CRTC 8001 is revised to read as follows:


Rates for the Company’s services furnished under this Tariff do not include charges for connections specified in Item 3.1.1 a) and for contributions specified in Item 3.1.3 c) or elsewhere in tariffs or agreements specified in 3.1.1 b) i). The provisions of Item 5.1 b) ii) apply to charges for such connections and contributions.


Secretary General


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