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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-251

Ottawa, 19 June 2003

People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc.

Reference: Tariff Notices 44 and 44A

Residential and business primary exchange services


The Commission received an application by People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc., dated 7 April 2003 and amended on 14 May 2003, to revise item 4 of section 100, Rate Schedules for Primary Exchange (Local) Service, item 2 of section 210, Centrex Service - Rates and Charges, and item 8 of section 490, Touch Tone, of its General Tariff in order to increase its monthly rates as follows:

- residential individual line from $22.30 to $22.84;
- residential line Touch Tone from $2.55 to $2.60;
- business individual line from $46.55 to $47.55;
- Centrex access from $45.45 to $46.45; and
- Centrex access - no number from $22.75 to $23.29.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


In Regulatory framework for the small incumbent telephone companies, Decision CRTC 2001-756, 14 December 2001 (Decision 2001-756), the Commission grouped services into four separate service baskets each with their own pricing constraints. The Commission assigned residential primary exchange service (PES) to the first service basket, business PES, including both single and multi-line, to the second service basket and Centrex service to the fourth service basket.


In Decision 2001-756, the Commission also determined that:

- in the absence of any exogenous factors, the rates for residential and business PES would be permitted to increase each year by no more than inflation;
- unused portions of a possible rate increase for any given year could be accumulated and requested in a following year; and
- the rates for services in the fourth service basket would generally be permitted to increase up to any already approved rate for the same service.

The Commission notes that People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc. had requested the increase to its business and residential PES by the rate of inflation of 1.13%. The Commission further notes that the company had also requested the inclusion of some of its unused rate increases from 2002.


The Commission notes that the rates proposed by People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc. for its Centrex services are less than those previously approved for other incumbent local exchange carriers.


The Commission finds that People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc.'s proposed rate increases are in accordance with the Commission's determinations in Decision 2001-756.


The Commission approves People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc.'s application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.


People's Telephone Company of Forest Inc. is to issue revised tariff pages forthwith to reflect these changes.

Secretary General

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