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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-195

  Ottawa, 15 June 2004

Bruce Municipal Telephone System

  Reference: Tariff Notices 107 and 107A

Residential and business primary exchange services


The Commission received an application by Bruce Municipal Telephone System (BMTS) dated 23 April 2004 and amended on 7 May 2004, to revise item 4 of section 100, Rate Schedules for Primary Exchange (Local) Service, and item 8 of section 190, Direct Inward Dialing, of its General Tariff in order to increase its monthly rates as follows:
  • residential individual line, from $22.75 to $24.35; and
  • business individual line, from $44.45 to $48.65.


BMTS's proposed increases also reflect the inclusion of unused allowable inflationary increases carried forward from previous years and an exogenous adjustment related to the National Contribution Fund (NCF) carried forward from 2002.


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 and business PES to the second 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 small incumbent local exchange carriers required to contribute to the NCF would be able to recover the revenue-percentage charge on capped services through an exogenous adjustment.


The Commission notes that BMTS is a required contributor to the NCF.


The Commission finds that BMTS's proposed rate modifications are in accordance with the Commission's determinations in Decision 2001-756.


The Commission approves BMTS's application. The revisions take effect as of 1 July 2004.


BMTS is to issue revised tariff pages forthwith to reflect these changes.
  Secretary General
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