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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-245

Ottawa, 13 June 2003

Vidéotron Télécom ltée

Reference: Tariff Notices 8, 8A and 8B

Competitive local exchange carriers model tariff


The Commission received an application by Vidéotron Télécom ltée (VTL), dated 12 November 2002 and amended on 28 January 2003 and 13 February 2003, for approval of its proposed General Tariff setting out the rates, terms and conditions for the provision of interconnection services to other telecommunications service providers, pursuant to Model tariff for the interconnection services of competitive local exchange carriers (Model competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) tariff), Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-54, 3 September 2002 (Decision 2002-54). VTL also included in its application a request to exclude the transiting arrangement provision that relates to the interconnection with interexchange service providers (IXSPs), stating that it did not offer, nor intend to offer, this service.


VTL noted that the transiting arrangement provision was incorporated as part of the Model CLEC tariff following the Tariff Ad Hoc Working Group meetings that were held in September and November 2002. Moreover, VTL noted that the inclusion of the transiting arrangement provision in the Model CLEC tariff was not due to a directive from the Commission. Rather, VTL considered the inclusion of such a provision was due to the fact that many of the CLECs participating at the September and November meetings already included such a transiting arrangement provision in their interim approved CLEC tariffs.


VTL also noted that pursuant to Decision 2002-54, it did not consider it a requirement to include the transiting arrangement provision. Specifically, VTL noted paragraph 12 where the Commission indicated that ".the model tariff has been developed to reflect the full range of interconnection services that a CLEC may be interested in offering. A CLEC may choose not to offer a specific interconnection service that it is not required to provide."


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


The Commission notes that transiting allows a carrier to exchange traffic with another carrier to which it is not directly interconnected. The Commission also notes that the reference to transiting arrangements in the Model CLEC tariff, which VTL has objected to including, would not require VTL to offer transiting services. Rather, it provides a carrier who must exchange traffic with VTL the option of using the transiting services provided by another carrier that is directly interconnected with VTL. Accordingly, the Commission considers it appropriate that the reference regarding transiting should be included as part of VTL's tariff.


The Commission notes that, pursuant to Local competition, Telecom Decision CRTC 97-8, 1 May 1997, CLECs must file proposed tariffs providing for interconnection with other providers of telecommunications services that are equivalent to the terms and conditions contained in the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) tariffs, justifying any departure therefrom.


In Interim rates for Access Tandem service and Direct Connection service, Telecom Order CRTC 2002-384, 24 September 2002 (Order 2002-384), and in Revised interim rates for Access Tandem service, Telecom Order CRTC 2002-412, 31 October 2002 (Order 2002-412), the access tandem and direct connection rates were reduced to reflect the Phase II costs of providing the service plus a 15% mark-up, effective 1 June 2002.


The Commission notes that as part of its application, VTL has reflected the Access Tandem and Direct Connection rates of the ILECs who were subject to Orders 2002-384 and 2002-412.


The Commission notes that VTL requested to exclude from its General Tariff the transiting arrangement provision that relates to the interconnection with IXSPs. VTL stated that it does not offer, nor intend to offer, this service.


In light of the above, the Commission approves the terms and conditions of the General Tariff with the exception of VTL's request to exclude the transiting arrangement provisions, and approves on an interim basis, effective 1 June 2002, all of the rates contained in the General Tariff.


VTL is to issue revised tariff pages forthwith to reflect these changes.

Secretary General

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