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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-313

  Ottawa, 17 September 2004

MTS Allstream Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 536

Introduction of Combined Mailbox Simultaneous Ring Feature bundle


The Commission received an application by MTS Allstream Inc. (MTS Allstream), dated 19 July 2004, to revise General Tariff item 2142, Calling Features, and item 2148, Voice Messaging Service, and Supplementary Tariff - Special Services and Facilities item 9720, Voice Processing Service, in order to introduce a new Combined Mailbox Simultaneous Ring Feature (CMSR) bundle.


MTS Allstream indicated that the new CMSR bundle would be available to individual line residential service customers, business service customers and Centrex customers. MTS Allstream stated that the bundle would allow customers who subscribe to both the Combined Mailbox and the Simultaneous Ring Feature to be able to direct messages from up to two telephones into one mailbox and have up to three telephones ring whenever one of the three telephone numbers were called.


MTS Allstream noted that the residential optional local services are classified as a capped service and business optional local services and Centrex optional services are classified as uncapped services. MTS Allstream proposed that the same classifications be used for the CMSR bundle.


MTS Allstream also proposed changes to its General Tariff in order to correct footnote numbering and remove references to expired promotions. MTS Allstream stated that these revisions would have no material impact on the rates or the services provided.


MTS Allstream filed 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 rate must be supported by, and satisfy, an imputation test. The Commission also notes 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 rates for the CMSR bundle pass the imputation test.


The Commission notes that in Regulatory framework for second price cap period, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-34, 30 May 2002, optional services were assigned to the service baskets of the associated access services. The Commission therefore considers it appropriate, as proposed by MTS Allstream, to assign the CMSR bundle to the residential optional local services in high-cost serving areas (HCSAs) and non-HCSAs sub-baskets for residential customers and to uncapped services for business and Centrex customers.


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