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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-275

  Ottawa, 17 August 2004

Bell Canada

  Reference: Tariff Notice 6810

Internet Dial Port Service


The Commission received an application by Bell Canada, dated 30 April 2004, to revise General Tariff item 7000, Internet Dial Port Service (IDPS), in order to add a high-volume commitment rate for customers who have committed to more than 15,000 ports.


Bell Canada indicated that since it considered this service as an uncapped service, the proposed charge would have no price cap impact.


The company also indicated that it would also permit high-volume commitment customers up to two one-year extensions of their existing contracts at the current three-year high-volume commitment rate.


Bell Canada filed an economic study and an imputation test in support of its application.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


The Commission notes that for a new service or a rate decrease, the proposed rates must satisfy the imputation test. The Commission considers that the imputation test is the accepted method, under the current regulatory regime, of determining whether the proposed rates would be anti-competitive.


The Commission finds that the proposed IDPS rates pass the imputation test.


The Commission notes that in Internet dial port service, Telecom Order CRTC 2003-139, 3 April 2003, it approved Bell Canada's proposed introduction of IDPS, but did not rule on the assignment of this service to one of the service baskets established in Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002 (Decision 2002-34).


In Decision 2002-34, the Commission determined that the Uncapped Services group would include Centrex services, business optional local services and service bundles that include a business local exchange service or a business optional service, Special Facilities Tariffs or Special Assembly Tariffs that are not assigned to other baskets or groups, and the Late Payment Charge.


In the Commission's view, Bell Canada's proposed assignment of IDPS to uncapped services is inconsistent with its determinations as to which services should be assigned to the Uncapped Services group in Decision 2002-34. The Commission notes that, in Decision 2002-34, it determined that the Other Capped Services basket would include all tariffed services not assigned to another service basket or service group. Accordingly, the Commission determines that this service should be assigned to the Other Capped Services basket.


The Commission approves Bell Canada's proposed tariff revisions. The revisions take effect as of the date of this Order.
  Secretary General
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