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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-352

  Ottawa, 22 October 2004

TELUS Communications Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notices 384 and 384A

Radio Tower Access Service


The Commission received an application by TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI), dated 22 July 2004 and amended on 20 August 2004, to revise the Access Services Tariff for Interconnection of the former TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc. (TCQ) in order to introduce item 4.01, Radio Tower Access Service.


The Commission notes that, by way of letter dated 29 June 2004, TCI indicated that TCQ would transfer or assign to TCI all or substantially all of TCQ's assets and liabilities effective 1 July 2004. TCI indicated that it would henceforth assume all rights, entitlements, liabilities and obligations relating to the provision of telecommunications services in the territories previously served by TCQ.


TCI acknowledged that it had offered Radio Tower Access service in the territory previously served by TCQ in the absence of a Commission-approved tariff.


TCI proposed that its Radio Tower Access service be assigned to the Competitor Services basket as a Category II competitor service.


TCI submitted that a cost study was not required in support of its application, as the cost of the infrastructure used for the Radio Tower Access service was fully depreciated. TCI further submitted that its proposed rates were compensatory.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.

Commission's analysis and determination


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 did not file costing information in support of its proposed Radio Tower Access service rates. The Commission considers that although TCI is not required to provide an imputation test for its services in the territory previously served by TCQ at this time, TCI should have provided some form of costing information in support of its application.


The Commission notes that the infrastructure used for Radio Tower Access service in the territory previously served by TCQ is fully depreciated, which leaves minimal ongoing costs to be recovered. Further, the Commission notes that TCI's proposed rates for Radio Tower Access service in the territory previously served by TCQ are higher than those that it received approval for in its other serving territories. Consequently, the Commission is satisfied that the proposed rates are compensatory.


The Commission finds that TCI proposal to classify Radio Tower Access service into the Competitor Services basket as a Category II competitor service is in accordance with Implementation of price regulation for Télébec and TELUS Québec, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-43, 31 July 2002.


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 served by TCQ.


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