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File #: 8661-C12-200310087

References: 8661-C25-200302969

Ottawa, 18 July 2003

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Subject: Bell Canada Tariff Notice 6747, TELUS Tariff Notice 111, and Part VII application filed by Call-Net Enterprises Inc. for a review of Compensation Per Call

The Commission received an application dated 5 March 2003, pursuant to Part VII of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure from Call-Net Enterprises Inc., on behalf of itself and its wholly owned affiliates including Sprint Canada Inc. and Call-Net Communications Inc. (Call-Net). Call-Net requested that the Commission review the Compensation Per Call rates for toll-free calls to ensure those rates conform to the pricing principles in Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002.

By letters dated 4 April 2003, Bell Canada and TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) undertook to file cost studies and on 23 April 2003, Bell Canada filed a proposed revision to its Access Services Tariff Item 43 - Compensation Per Call, Tariff Notice 6747 (TN 6747), including a revised cost study.

On 16 May 2003, Commission staff stated that in light of Bell Canada's TN 6747 and TELUS' proposal to file a cost study, it would be unnecessary to proceed with Call-Net's application at that time.

On 29 May 2003, deadlines were set out for parties to address interrogatories to Bell Canada. On 27 June 2003, in response to a request from Bell Canada to extend the deadlines, a revised schedule was issued.

On 4 July 2003 TELUS filed a proposed revision to its Carrier Access Tariff (CRTC 21462), item 205, Payphone Per Call Compensation, Tariff Notice 111 (TN 111) and included a cost study.

In order to deal with the matter of Compensation Per Call for toll-free calls in an expeditious manner and to compile a complete record, Commission staff considers that it would be appropriate to deal concurrently with Bell Canada's TN 6747 and TELUS' TN 111. Commission staff notes that interrogatories were sent to Bell Canada on 11 July 2003, according to the schedule set out in staff's letter dated 27 June 2003, and expects that these (together with any further or amended interrogatories) will be answered according to the schedule set out below.

The impact of the decision to be rendered in this matter may potentially impact other competitive telecommunication service providers such as Primus Communications Canada Inc. (Primus), Allstream Corp. (formerly AT&T Canada Corp.) and the competitive pay telephone service providers. In light of this, Commission staff intends to address interrogatories to Primus, Allstream Corp. and Canada Payphone Corporation to assess the impact of the proposed revisions.

Parties wishing to participate in this proceeding must notify the Commission of their intention to do so, by 25 July 2003. These parties should contact the Secretary General by mail at CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2; by fax at (819) 953-0795, or by email at They are to indicate in the notice their email address, where available. If parties do not have access to the Internet, they are to indicate in their notice whether they wish to receive disk versions of hard copy filings. As soon as possible after the registration date, the Commission will issue a complete list of parties and their mailing address (including their email address, if available) identifying those parties who wish to receive disk versions.

The revised process dates for both Bell Canada TN 6747 and TELUS TN 111 are as follows:

1.  Interrogatories may be addressed to Bell Canada and TELUS and must be filed with the Commission and served on parties by 7 August 2003.

2.  Responses to interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission, serving copies on all parties, by 11 September 2003.

3.  Requests for further responses to the interrogatories, specifying in each case why a further response is both relevant and necessary, and requests for public disclosure of information for which confidentiality has been claimed, setting out the reasons for disclosure, must be filed with the Commission and served on parties by 22 September 2003.

4.  Written responses to requests for further responses to interrogatories and for public disclosure must be filed with the Commission and served on parties by 29 September 2003.

5.  A determination with respect to requests for disclosure and for further responses will be issued as soon as possible. Any information to be provided pursuant to that determination is to be filed with the Commission and served on parties by 24 October 2003.

6.  Comments may be filed, serving copies on all other parties, by 4 November 2003.

7.  Parties may file replies to any comments, serving copies on all parties who filed comments, by 14 November 2003.

Documents must be actually received, not merely sent by the specified dates.

The intention is to make use of submissions that parties have made in any of the processes noted above.

Yours truly,

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager - Tariffs

c.c. Leah Ackerman, CRTC (819) 997-4577
Leon Shufelt, CRTC
Yvan Davidson, CRTC
Peter McCallum, CRTC
Don Bowles, Call-Net
David Palmer, Bell Canada
Willie Grieve, TELUS
Teresa Griffin-Muir, Allstream
Geoff Francis, Primus
Terry Novak, Canada Payphone Corporation
Interested Parties to Public Notice 98-31
Interested Parties to Public Notice 2001-37

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