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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-344

  Ottawa, 15 October 2004

TELUS Communications Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 382

Amendment to General Tariff


The Commission received an application by TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI), dated 14 July 2004, to revise the former TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc. (TCQ) General Tariff, in order to:
  • include Message Relay service (MRS) into the basic rates for primary rate interface (PRI) service;
  • propose wording changes to its Centrex service in order to clarify the tariff;
  • add service charges for modifications to the programming of Centrex services;
  • remove service charges for Call Number and Call Name and Number associated with Centrex services;
  • increase the monthly rates for Call Return and Ident-A-Call for Centrex services; and
  • propose wording changes to Voice Messaging service in order to clarify the tariff.


In Société en commandite Télébec and TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc. 2002 annual price cap filings, Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-57, 22 August 2003, the Commission concluded that TCQ should file cost studies and imputation test results or alternate costing support when filing tariff applications to introduce a new service or to propose implicit or explicit rate reductions to an existing service.


The Commission notes that TCI's proposal to include MRS into the basic rates for PRI service and to remove service charges for Call Number and Call Name and Number associated with Centrex service represent rate reductions to existing services.


The Commission notes that TCI did not file costing information in support of its proposed rate reductions. The Commission also notes that although TCI is not required to provide an imputation test for its services in the territory previously served by TCQ at this time, the Commission considers that TCI should have provided some form of costing information in support of its application. Notwithstanding, the Commission notes that the additional costs associated with including MRS in PRI service and removing certain service charges for optional services are minimal in relation to the overall costs of the respective services. Consequently, the Commission considers that the existing margins in the rates for both optional services and PRI service will recover the associated MRS and service charge costs.


The Commission reminds TCI that the regulatory framework previously attributed to TCQ now applies to the telecommunication services provisioned by TCI in the territory previously serviced by TCQ.


In Implementation of price regulation for Télébec and TELUS Québec, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-43, 31 July 2002, the Commission assigned Centrex service and business optional services to Uncapped services and concluded that these services would not be subject to a rate element constraint. Accordingly, the Commission finds that TCI's proposed rates increases to Centrex service charges, Call Return, and Ident-A-Call, to be acceptable.


Finally, the Commission considers that the proposed wording changes to Voice Messaging service and Centrex service clarify the tariff and finds these changes acceptable.


Accordingly, the Commission approves TCI's application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.
  Secretary General
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