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Ottawa, 9 March 2006

File Nos.:   8622-B2-20060012

By E-mail

Mr. Mirko Bibic
Chief, Regulatory Affairs
Bell Canada
110 O'Connor Street
Floor 7
Ottawa, ON
K1P 1H1

- and -

Ms. Teresa Griffin-Muir
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
MTS Allstream Inc.
P.O. Box 6666, MP19C
333 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 3V6

Dear Mr. Bibic and Ms. Griffin-Muir:

Re:  Bell Canada, MTS Allstream Inc. Part VII Applications regarding 900 Service

On 28 November 2005, the Commission received an application from MTS Allstream Inc. (MTS Allstream) pursuant to Part VII of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure seeking an order from the Commission directing that competitive 900 Service offered by inter-exchange carriers (IXCs) and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) be provided pursuant to an approved tariff and associated agreements containing the provisions for safeguards and protection that the Commission established in 900 service-agreements and consumer safeguards, Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-19, 30 March 2005.

On 9 January 2005, the Commission received an application from Bell Canada on behalf of itself, Aliant Telecom Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications and TELUS Communications Company, formerly TELUS Communications Inc., (TCC),  (collectively Bell et al), pursuant to Part VII of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure requesting that the Commission modify certain terms and conditions in the IXC Billing and Collection Agreement as it relates to 900 Service.

The companies are requested to provide the information as per the attachment to this letter, with regard to the above referenced applications by 20 March 2006.

Yours Sincerely,

'Original signed by S. Bédard'

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

cc:  Bob Martin - CRTC (819) 953-3361



MTS Allstream, in its 28 November 2005 application, requested, among other things, that the Commission issue an order that, for all Canadian carriers providing 900 services in absence of a Commission approved tariff and associated agreements modelled on the current Service Provider (SP) Agreement, Alternative Billing Agreement (ABA) and Accounts Receivable Agreement (ARM) agreements, file such tariffs and agreements for approval by the Commission within 45 days of the date of a Commission determination.

Bell et al, in their 9 January 2006 application, stated their support of MTS Allstream's application. Bell et al also requested, among other things, that the Commission modify the treatment in the IXC billing & collection (B&C) agreement of charges relating to 900 Service by restricting its application to only those 900 calls that relate to content satisfying the ARM Content Guidelines.

In comments submitted 9 January 2006 by Fastrack Global Billing Networks Inc. (Fastrack) and Triton Global Business Services Inc. (Triton) with regard to MTS Allstream's application, they stated that Triton had already executed addendums to its B&C agreements with Bell Canada and TCC that expressly refer to 900 Service safeguards and require Triton's compliance with them.   Fastrack and Triton also stated that, since MTS Allstream's 28 November 2005 application, Fastrack had also entered into an interim agreement with MTS Allstream itself, in which it had similarly agreed to comply with these conditions. In their 13 February 2006 comments, Bell et al stated that the Commission's most recent decision set out the updated consumer safeguards, the language for which can be found in the 900 SP agreement.

Provide to the Commission, with abridged copies for the public record as appropriate, the following:

  1. The current SP, ABA and ARM agreements used by the companies in the provisioning of 900 service.

a.  With regard to the SP agreement, clearly highlight the language addressing the consumer safeguards.

b.  With regard to the ARM agreement, clearly highlight the language addressing the Content Guidelines.

The B&C agreements executed with Fastrack and/or Triton, with any modifications incorporated for Fastrack and/or Triton clearly highlighted.

Date Modified: 2006-03-09


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