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Telecom Order


Ottawa, 16 September 1999


Telecom Order CRTC 99-899


On 7 June 1999, Abitibi-Consolidated filed a letter with respect to its 1999 Carrier Access Tariff (CAT).


File No.: 8085-RP0001/97


1.In Regulatory Framework for Abitibi-Consolidated and Cochrane Public Utilities Commission, Telecom Decision CRTC 98-13, 1 September 1998 (Decision 98-13), the Commission established the regulatory framework for Abitibi-Consolidated.


2.The Commission noted that Abitibi-Consolidated had not filed a proposed Phase III Manual or forecast Phase III results and, for reasons provided in Decision 98-13, the Commission stated that, in its view, the CAT for Northern Telephone Limited (Northern) was an appropriate benchmark to use as a proxy interim CAT for Abitibi-Consolidated. The Commission concluded that Northern's final 1997 CAT would be used as the interim 1998 CAT for Abitibi-Consolidated.


3.In Telecom Order CRTC 99-59, 21 January 1999, the Commission made final Abitibi-Consolidated's interim 1998 CAT, effective 1 January 1998, and set an interim 1999 CAT based on Northern's final 1998 CAT, effective 1 January 1999. Abitibi-Consolidated was ordered to notify the Commission whether or not it intended to file a 1999 Phase III forecast and a proposed final 1999 CAT.


4.By letter dated 7 June 1999, Abitibi-Consolidated informed the Commission that it would not file a 1999 Phase III forecast or a proposed 1999 company-specific CAT.


5.There were no comments received from any interested party to this proceeding.


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


(a) the interim CAT of $0.0585 per minute with a Contribution rate of $0.0408 per minute and a Direct Toll rate of $0.0177 per minute is approved on a final basis, effective 1 January 1999; and


(b) Abitibi-Consolidated is to issue forthwith, revised tariff pages reflecting its final 1999 CAT.


Secretary General


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