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Telecom Order CRTC 99-645


Ottawa, 13 July 1999

  On 10 May 1999, Vidéotron Télécom (1998) ltée (VTL) filed an application for approval of tariff revisions related to intra-exchange traffic termination pursuant to the Commission’s 15 April 1999 letter and a number of housekeeping revisions associated with the elimination of Tariff Item 500 - Digital Services.
  File No.: Tariff Notice 4
  1. On 10 June 1999, Bell Canada (Bell) filed comments on behalf of itself, Maritime Tel & Tel Limited, MTS Communications Inc., NBTel Inc. and NewTel Communications Inc.
  2. Bell noted that, pursuant to the Commission’s 15 April 1999 letter, the wording in the competitive local exchange carriers’ tariffs should be amended to be the same as the incumbent local exchange carriers’ tariffs. Bell submitted that, with respect to Item 200, Compensation for Traffic Termination, additional wording to the effect that billing would commence one month from the date of notification is required.
  3. Bell noted that in Item 301.1 b), VTL listed various services that its subscribers will be able to access through its network. Bell submitted that this list should also include 1-800/877/888.
  4. Bell sought clarification of the reference to the "price usually charged by VTL for such facilities" with respect to Item 301.1 d). Bell noted that, pursuant to Local Competition, Telecom Decision CRTC 97-8 dated 1 May 1997, VTL is obligated to identify in its tariff the charges that apply to provision of the facility over which interconnecting circuits with trunk-side access and CCS7 lines are provided.
  5. Bell also submitted that the type of exemption described in Item 302.2 a) would only apply to line-side connections, so this paragraph should be removed.
  6. The Commission agrees with Bell that Item 201, Compensation Traffic Termination, should specify when billing would commence relative to the date of notification.
  7. In Telecom Order CRTC 99-160 dated 26 February 1999, VTL was directed to delete Tariff Item 500, Digital Network Services. The Commission considers that all references to these services should be removed from the company’s General Tariff.
  8. The Commission notes that VTL’s tariff does not include provisions with respect to the contribution payable on line-side access by interexchange carriers (IXCs). The Commission considers that VTL will not be able to restrict the use of its line-side access facilities by IXCs. The Commission therefore considers it is necessary for Item 302, Contribution Charges, to include terms and conditions relating to the collection of contribution charges for interconnection on a line-side basis.
  9. In light of the foregoing, the Commission orders that:
  1. The proposed tariff revisions are granted interim approval with the following modifications:
  (a) at the end of Tariff Item 201 b) add the following sentence: "Billing would commence one month from the date of notification.";
  (b) delete Tariff Items 301.1 d), 403.2 and 403.7 b);
  (c) in the first sentence of Tariff Item 302.1 a), add "or line-side access" after "trunk-side access"; and
  (d) add terms and conditions for contribution on line-side access when a mechanism for the measurement of traffic to determine contribution on a per-minute basis is not available.
  2. VTL is to issue revised tariff pages within 10 days of the date of this Order.
  Secretary General
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