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Telecom Order CRTC 2004-40

  Ottawa, 9 February 2004

TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc.

  Reference: Tariff Notice 368

Special facilities tariff for microwave power equipment


The Commission received an application by TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc. (TELUS Québec), dated 10 December 2003, to introduce section 4.04, Power equipment, to its Special Facilities Tariff in order to propose additional protection to the power components of a microwave transmission network at the monthly rate of $295.00.


The proposed service would allow restoration of power to the microwave network in case of power failure.


TELUS Québec also requested, pursuant to subsection 25(4) of the Telecommunications Act (the Act), Commission ratification for charging for this service prior to the date of the Commission's approval of this Tariff Notice, in effect as of June 1995.


In support of its application, TELUS Québec provided a cost justification to demonstrate that the proposed rate was compensatory.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


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 TELUS Québec should file cost studies and imputation test results or alternate costing support, depending on the type of service, when filing tariff applications to introduce a new service or to propose implicit or explicit rate reductions to an existing service.


The Commission is satisfied, based on the costing support provided by TELUS Québec, that the proposed rate is set above the associated costs.


Accordingly, the Commission approves TELUS Québec's application. The revisions take effect as of the date of this order.


With respect to TELUS Québec's request for Commission ratification for this service prior to the date of its approval, subsection 25(4) of the Act states the following:

Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Commission may ratify the charging of a rate by a Canadian carrier otherwise than in accordance with a tariff approved by the Commission if the Commission is satisfied that the rate:


(a) was changed because of an error or other circumstances that warrants ratification; or


(b) was imposed in conformity with the laws of a province before the operations of the carrier were regulated under any Act of Parliament.


The Commission notes that TELUS Québec provided no information that would satisfy paragraph 25(4)a of the Act and TELUS Québec does not meet the criterion on the requirements set out in paragraph 25(4)b of the Act.


As section 25 of the Act does not apply, the Commission denies TELUS Québec's request to ratify charging for this service prior to the date of approval of this application.
  Secretary General
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