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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-197

  Ottawa, 15 June 2004

La Compagnie de Téléphone de Warwick

  Reference: Tariff Notice 36

Residential and business primary exchange services


The Commission received an application by La Compagnie de Téléphone de Warwick (Warwick), dated 26 March 2004, to revise General Tariff item 2.1.3, Rate schedules for primary exchange service and extended area service and item 2.1.4, Equivalent Service, in order to increase the monthly rates for the following services:
  • residential individual line - Touch-Tone, from $23.38 to $24.21;
  • residential individual line - pulse service, from $20.78 to $21.51;
  • business individual line - Touch-Tone, from $46.63 to $48.24;
  • business individual line - pulse service, from $42.78 to $44.22; and
  • individual line - equivalent service, from $3.94 to $4.07.


Warwick's proposed increases also reflect the inclusion of unused allowable inflationary increases carried forward from previous years.


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;
  • the small incumbent local exchange carriers could increase the monthly residential PES rates to $22.75, where residential PES rates were between $18.75 and $22.74; and
  • unused portions of a possible rate increase for any given year could be accumulated and requested in a following year.


The Commission further noted that it expected that rate increases on any individual rate element in these two baskets of services should generally be proposed once in a 12-month period.


The Commission notes that Warwick proposed an effective date of 1 July 2004 for its proposed rate increases.


The Commission further notes that in Residential and business primary exchange services, Telecom Order CRTC 2003-267, 7 July 2003, it approved an application by Warwick to increase the monthly rates for residential and business PES effective the date of the order.


The Commission determines that it would not be appropriate to approve a further rate increase to the above services with an effective date prior to 7 July 2004.


Accordingly, the Commission approves Warwick's application effective 7 July 2004.


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