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Telecom Order CRTC 2002-466

Ottawa, 20 December 2002

Bell Canada

Reference: Tariff Notice 6649

Enhanced Exchange-Wide Dial service


The Commission received an application by Bell Canada, dated 15 January 2002, which proposed revisions to its Exchange Services Tariff, item 350, Enhanced Exchange-Wide Dial (EEWD) service.


Bell Canada proposed the following revisions:

· increases in the monthly rates for EEWD local voice lines of 3% combined with a restructuring which reduced the number of local line thresholds, from three to two; and
· decreases in the monthly rates for public switched telephone network (PSTN) connections for EEWD to align them with the rate for PSTN connections used in Centrex III service.


Bell Canada also proposed other administrative changes, including a restructuring of EEWD service to reflect the alignment of rates and service charges for most elements with those of Centrex service, as well as the re-positioning of text of the tariff in order to facilitate a better understanding of the service.


Bell Canada provided an imputation test in support of the proposed tariff revisions.


Bell Canada submitted that the proposed restructuring results in a potential rate reduction for the customer notwithstanding the proposed 3% increase to the monthly local rate.


AT&T Canada Corp., on behalf of itself and AT&T Canada Telecom Services Company (collectively, AT&T Canada) filed comments dated 14 February 2002.


AT&T Canada submitted that the Commission should deny Bell Canada Tariff Notice 6649.


AT&T Canada submitted that the net change of the revisions proposed for EEWD, a service generally subject to competitive bidding, is a price decrease, demonstrating that Bell Canada is able to manipulate the market to pre-empt competition.


In reply, Bell Canada stated that the proposed revisions to EEWD service realign service components to provide a more consistent and comparable offering to that of Centrex service. Bell Canada argued that such a realignment would provide the customer with additional flexibility which could not be viewed as manipulating the market.


The Commission is satisfied that the proposed tariff revisions meet the imputation test.


Accordingly, the Commission approves Bell Canada's application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.

Secretary General

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