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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-519

  Ottawa, 23 December 2003

MTS Communications Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 518

Multiline business service


The Commission received an application by MTS Communications Inc. (MTS), dated 14 November 2003, to revise General Tariff item 475, Rate Schedule for Primary Exchange Service, proposing an increase in the monthly rate for non-contracted multiline business service of $1.45 for each Rate Band A to C and $1.65 for each Rate Band D to G. The company is also proposing to increase the contracted multiline business monthly rate by $1.40, $1.15 and $0.80 respectively for 1-, 3- and 5-year contracts in each Rate Band.


MTS submitted that the proposed tariff revisions complied with the pricing constraints set out in Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002 (Decision 2002-34).


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


In Decision 2002-34, the Commission applied a number of constraints to the rate for services in the single and multi-line business local exchange services basket in order to provide customers of those services with price protection.


The pricing constraints which apply to services in the single and multi-line business local exchange services basket include:
  • a basket constraint, operating through the service basket limit for that basket, which must be updated annually by the rate of inflation;
  • a rate element constraint limiting rate increases for a service to 10% per year; and
  • a provision, in order to prevent an incumbent local exchange carrier from decreasing rates in more competitive areas and increasing rates in less competitive areas of the same band, that rates for business local exchange services should not generally be permitted to be further de-averaged within a band.


The Commission finds that the proposed tariff revisions are in accordance with the Commission's determinations set out in Decision 2002-34.


Accordingly, the Commission approves MTS's application. The revisions take effect as of 1 February 2004.
  Secretary General
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