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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-167

  Ottawa, 25 May 2004

Bell Canada

  Reference: Tariff Notice 6808

Channels for signal and data transmission


The Commission received an application by Bell Canada, dated 15 April 2004, to revise General Tariff item 4560, Channels for Signal Transmission, and item 4660, Channels for Data Transmission, in order to destandardize the half duplex Schedule 4 Channel Services with the exception of Schedule 4 half duplex, non-loaded channels where the customer provides the terminating equipment and which are used for Limited Distance Data Service (LDDS).


Bell Canada noted that the LDDS channel application would be relocated in the tariff from item 4660 to item 4560 and designated as Class U channels.


Bell Canada also noted that a Schedule 4 channel is a voice-grade analogue data channel capable of 300 - 3200 Hz bandwidth used to establish analogue private line connectivity and is available in half duplex (2-wire) or full duplex (4-wire).


Bell Canada submitted that it was proposing to destandardize Schedule 4 half duplex channels as the terminating devices used for this service have been manufacture discontinued for several years.


Bell Canada indicated that it would continue to offer full duplex Schedule 4 Channels and would meet the demand for half duplex channels by using Schedule 4 full duplex channel service. Customers choosing this option would be required to pay the Schedule 4 full duplex channel rates.


In addition, Bell Canada noted that LDDS is an option under the Schedule 4 Channel service which provides an unbundled half duplex or full duplex metallic loop to the customer, and that these are channels suitable for transmission at speeds determined by the customer's terminating equipment and the electrical characteristics of the specific loop. Bell Canada further noted that these channels do not require the company's terminating device to function and would be unnecessarily impacted by the company's proposed destandardization request. The company therefore proposes to insulate LDDS customers from the effects of this destandardization by establishing separate class of channels under item 4560, where other unbundled metallic loops are offered.


Bell Canada further submitted that this proposal would have no customer impacts as current rates and continued availability are unaffected.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


The Commission approves Bell Canada's application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.
  Secretary General
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