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Order CRTC 2001-372


Ottawa, 7 May 2001


2001 Price cap filing - Changes to service rates in Alberta


Reference: TCI TN 358, 359, 360, 361, 362 and 363


The Commission approves TELUS Communications Inc.'s (TCI) application to increase rates for residential and business primary exchange service and local channel service and to decrease rates for digital network access (DNA) service, Megalink service, and inbound data access (IDA) service.


TCI proposed to implement the following tariff revisions:


a) increase residence primary exchange service rates in all bands by 6.63% on average;


b) increase business individual line rates in bands B2 and C1 to D6 by 10%;


c) increase business multiline rates in bands B2 and C1 to D6 by between 5.6% and 15.6%;


d) establish local business contract rates for individual business line customers in b and C;


e) introduce a discount plan for customers of DNA service that meet a minimum monthly commitment over a three-, four- or five-year contract term;


f) restructure Megalink service by lowering the existing primary rate interface (PRI) signalling monthly rate; eliminating the existing monthly rate of $3 for the optional Name Display feature in bands A and B; introducing the Megalink Gold Plan option, a contract renewal discount plan for three-year and five-year contract terms; and introducing a one-time fixed two-year contract extension option for five-year contracts;


g) restructure IDA service rates and introduce the IDA Gold Plan option, a contract renewal discount scheme for three-year and five-year contract terms; and


h) increase local channel service rates.


The company filed updates to its price cap index and sub-basket indices in conjunction with its application.


The Commission notes that the new rates proposed for DNA, Megalink and IDA pass the imputation test.


The Commission finds that the rate changes proposed by the company are within the price constraints established by the price cap regime.


TCI, formerly TELUS Communications Inc., TELUS Communications (B.C.) Inc. and TELUS Mobility Inc., filed its annual price cap filing on 28 March 2001. On 9 April 2001, TCI amended its price cap indices. The company proposed to revise Items 295, 425, 495, 500, 615 and 625 of the former TCI's General Tariff.


The proposed revisions take effect on 7 May 2001.



Secretary General


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