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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-281

  Ottawa, 9 July 2003

Prince Rupert City Telephones

  Reference: Tariff Notice 69

Business primary exchange services and Internet dial-up service


The Commission received an application by Prince Rupert City Telephones (CityTel), dated 16 May 2003, to revise item 4, Exchange Rates, under section 2 of its General Tariff in order to increase by $5.00 its monthly rates for its business primary exchange services (PES) and Internet dial-up as follows:

· individual Touch Call, from $28.55 to $33.55;


· overline trunk Touch Call, from $36.10 to $41.10;


· facsimile Touch Call, from $28.55 to $33.55;


· data (I.S.A.), from $32.25 to $37.25; and


· Internet dial-up, from $36.10 to $41.10.


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. In that decision, the Commission assigned business PES to the second service basket and Internet dial-up service to the fourth service basket.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


In Decision 2001-756, the Commission directed the small incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) whose monthly business PES rates are below $22.75 to file for approval proposed increases in business PES rates to reach a minimum of $22.75. In the event that a company considered that a monthly business PES rate of $22.75 or its existing rate to be too low, it may file for approval proposed rates beyond the level of $22.75. The Commission indicated that all such proposals should be accompanied by supporting rationale and would be considered on a case by case basis.


The Commission notes that in Decision 2001-756, it assigned Internet dial-up to the fourth price cap service basket. In that decision, the Commission determined that rates for such services would generally be permitted to increase up to any already approved rate for the same service.


In support of its proposed increase to business PES, CityTel indicated that the current business PES rates were not compensatory. CityTel further indicated that it wanted to align its business rates closer to the rates approved for TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) in neighbouring exchanges.


The Commission notes that the proposed rates for CityTel's business PES services are less than those previously approved for other ILECs operating in similar exchanges.


The Commission considers that it is unlikely that CityTel's costs would be less than TCI's costs to provide these services in the neighbouring exchange.


The Commission also finds that the proposed rate for Internet dial-up was previously approved by the Commission for the same service provided by other companies and, therefore, is in accordance with Decision 2001-756.


Accordingly, the Commission considers that the rates proposed by CityTel to be appropriate.


The Commission approves CityTel's application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.


CityTel is to issue a revised tariff page forthwith to reflect these changes.
  Secretary General
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