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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-108

  Ottawa, 2 April 2004

TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 349

Digital Network Access


The Commission received an application by TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc. (TELUS Québec), dated 2 May 2003, proposing revisions to General Tariff item 5.01, Digital Network Access service, in order to introduce additional service charges for channelization.


In its application, on each order for channelization, TELUS Québec proposed to apply:
  • a service charge of $140.00 for activating each of the first 5 DS-0 channels in a channelized DS-1 access, and
  • a service charge of $35.00 for activating each additional DS-0 channels in a channelized DS-1 access, or
  • a service charge of $140.00 for activating each of the first 5 DS-1 channels in a channelized DS-3 access, and
  • a service charge of $35.00 for activating each additional DS-1 channels in a channelized DS-3 access.


TELUS Québec submitted that these tariff revisions would align the service charges for channelization in its Digital Network Access (DNA) service tariff with the service charges in other telecommunications providers' DNA service tariffs. TELUS Québec did not provide any supporting cost information.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.

Commission analysis and determination


In Implementation of price regulation for Télébec and TELUS Québec, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-43, 31 July 2002 (Decision 2002-43), the Commission established the price regulation regime that is now applicable to Télébec and TELUS Québec.


In Société en commandite Télébec and TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc. 2002 annual price cap filings, Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-57, 22 August 2003, the Commission directed TELUS Québec to file cost studies and imputation test results or alternate costing support when filing tariff applications to introduce a new service or to propose implicit or explicit rate reductions to an existing service.


The Commission notes that the proposed service charges would result in a rate increase to TELUS Québec's DNA service customers who order channelization on a DS-1 or a DS-3 access.


The Commission notes that TELUS Québec's DNA service tariff was originally established based on the approved DNA service tariffs of other large incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). The Commission also notes that, unlike TELUS Québec's current DNA service tariff, the current DNA service tariffs of the large ILECs indicate that a customer would pay a service charge for activating channels in a channelized DS-1 access or DS-3 access. The Commission further notes that the service charges for channel activation proposed by TELUS Québec are identical to those currently approved for some of the large ILECs.


In the circumstances, the Commission finds TELUS Québec's proposed service charges for channel activation acceptable.


Accordingly, the Commission approves TELUS Québec's application. The Commission directs TELUS Québec to issue revised tariff pages forthwith. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.


The Commission reminds TELUS Québec of its obligation to adhere to the conditions for approval set out in Decision 2002-43 regarding the introduction of new services or when proposing explicit or implicit price decreases. All applications should include supporting cost information. In addition, the Commission directs TELUS Québec to include the revenues associated with the additional service charges for channel activation as part of its price cap model.
  Secretary General
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