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Telecom Order CRTC 2002-223

Ottawa, 29 May 2002

Aliant Telecom Inc.
Reference: NewTel tariff notice 668

Minimum contract period option for Centrex service


The Commission received an application by Aliant Telecom Inc. (Aliant Telecom), dated 27 February 2002, on behalf of NewTel Communications Inc., to modify the provisions relating to contracts for Centrex service under a minimum contract period (MCP).


The company proposed to modify the options available to 3-year, 5-year and 10-year MCP customers. The proposed modifications will allow customers, at expiry, for an extension of one, two or three years to their existing MCP, at existing MCP terms, conditions and rates.


On 3 April 2002, GT Group Telecom Services Corp. (Group Telecom) filed comments on the application. Group Telecom stated that in the proceeding initiated by Price cap review and related issues, Public Notice CRTC 2001-37, 13 March 2001 (the PN 2001-37 proceeding), it had presented extensive information associated with the market dominance that Aliant Telecom and other incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) maintained by using MCPs. In addition, Group Telecom reiterated the proposals it had made in the PN 2001-37 proceeding regarding restrictions on the use of long-term contracts. Group Telecom also argued that, pending a decision by the Commission in the PN 2001-37 proceeding, the ILECs should not be allowed to change any rates, charges, terms or conditions associated with MCPs.


In its reply comment dated 15 April 2002, Aliant Telecom submitted that the Commission should not hold up or deny the application until a determination is made.


The Commission notes that the use of Centrex MCPs by certain ILECs is under review in the PN 2001-37 proceeding. Accordingly, the Commission considers that it would be inappropriate to approve any changes to the MCP terms for Centrex service until it renders its decision in the PN 2001-37 proceeding.


In light of the above, the Commission denies the application by Aliant Telecom.

Secretary General

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