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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-380

  Ottawa, 15 November 2004

Aliant Telecom Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 142

Large Capacity (OC-12) Digital Network


The Commission received an application by Aliant Telecom Inc. (Aliant Telecom), dated 15 October 2004, to introduce a special facilities service in its General Tariff item 713, Large Capacity (OC-12) Digital Network.


Aliant Telecom indicated that the proposed arrangement was to meet the specific requirements of a single customer, and that the customer had agreed to the rates, terms and conditions for the proposed special facilities service.


Aliant Telecom noted that the proposed service provides interexchange transmission service at a speed that is not available under its interexchange private line general tariffs. Aliant Telecom further noted that there is very limited demand for interexchange transmission services at this speed and that this request is for a single specific route. Aliant Telecom submitted that the proposed service constitutes a Type 1 special facilities tariff (SFT) and that it meets the conditions established by the Commission in Review of regulatory framework, Telecom Decision CRTC 94-19, 16 September 1994 (Decision 94-19).


Aliant Telecom filed cost information in support of its application.


In Decision 94-19, the Commission determined that there are two general types of customer-specific tariffs:

those providing, via a special facilities or special assembly tariff (SFT), a service that involves service features or technology that differ from those covered by the general tariff; and


those providing a bundle of services tailored to a particular customer's needs, primarily involving elements available from the general tariff, where the purpose is to customize the offering in terms of rate structure or levels (for example, distance sensitive/insensitive, usage sensitive/insensitive, one-time charges, etc.).


The Commission stated that these arrangements would continue to be permitted, subject, in the interexchange market, to the following:

(a) the provision of a study demonstrating that the imputation test is met;


(b) the telephone company demonstrating in its tariff application that there is not sufficient demand to offer the service through the general tariff;


(c) in order that there be no unjust discrimination or undue preference, the service package and the associated rates, terms and conditions provided under the customer-specific arrangement being generally available to other customers; and


(d) resale being permitted.


The Commission finds that the proposed tariff is a Type 1 SFT and meets the conditions established in Decision 94-19.


In light of the above, the Commission approves on an interim basis Aliant Telecom's application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.
  Secretary General
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