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Telecom Order CRTC 2002-226

Ottawa, 29 May 2002

Aliant Telecom Inc.
Reference: Tariff notices (TN) Aliant Telecom TN 7/A, Island Tel TN 566/A, MTT TN 813/A, NBTel TN 877/A and NewTel TN 666/A

Proposed consolidation of tariffs for private line circuits and rate increase for some inter-exchange circuits


The Commission received an application from Aliant Telecom Inc. (Aliant Telecom), dated 15 February 2002, on behalf of Island Telecom Inc., Maritime Tel & Tel Limited (MTT), NBTel Inc. (NBTel) and NewTel Communications Inc. (collectively "the companies"), to remove the tariff items relating to Data Channels; Inter-exchange Circuits Connected to the Public Switched Telephone Network and Discontinued Services from the companies' tariffs and to remove the tariff item relating to Local Mileage from NBTel's tariffs. Aliant Telecom proposed to add all of these items to its General Tariff.


In its application, the company proposed to:

- introduce a 10% rate increase for the rates charged for inter-exchange mileage for Schedule 1 channels through to and including voice-grade facilities;

- correct a situation in Nova Scotia, where one service had been double-tariffed as Teletype and Miscellaneous channels, and

- make changes of a non-material nature which will have no material impact on rates or services provided.


In support of its proposed rate increase, Aliant Telecom submitted that the inter-exchange mileage components of this service are considered competitive services under the price cap regime.


On 13 March 2002 the Commission received an intervention from the Municipality of the County of Richmond, Nova Scotia, which stated:

Moved by Deputy Warden Johnson, seconded by Councillor Goyetche that a letter be written to the CRTC expressing Council's opposition to MTT Aliant Telecom rate increases until such time as the service is improved in Richmond County. Motion carried.


The Commission notes that this intervention was written in response to an Aliant Telecom customer information letter which lists four other proposed rate revisions in addition to the rate increase at issue in the present application. The Commission notes that the intervention did not state which service needed to be improved and did not address the specifics of this application.


The Commission approves the proposed tariff revisions.


The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.

Secretary General

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