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Ottawa, 25 May 2006

File No.: 8740-C141-200604670

By E-mail

Mr. Rob Brown
General Manager
City West Group of Companies
248 - 3rd Ave West
Prince Rupert , British Columbia
V8J 1L1

Dear Mr. Brown:

Re:   Tariff Notice 94 and 94A - Residential and business rate increase

On 21 April 2006, the Commission received an application by CityWest Telephone Corporation (CityWest), under cover of Tariff Notice 94 and amended on 15 May 2006 by Tariff Notice 94A (TN 94A), in which the company proposed revisions to Section 2 of its General Tariff in order to increase its residential and business primary exchange service (PES) rates.

Commission staff notes that CityWest's amended application is not entirely consistent with the filing requirements as set-out in Revised regulatory framework for the small incumbent local exchange carriers , Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-14, 29 March 2006 (Decision 2006-14).   In paragraph 54 of Decision 2006-14, the Commission determined that rates for services comprised in the fourth basket would be allowed to increase up to any rate approved by the Commission for the same service.   In addition, the Commission determined that an economic study must accompany an application to support proposed rate increases over and above an approved ILEC rate.

The company proposed, among other things, rate increases to fourth basket services, namely Foreign Exchange Line, Centrex DMS and Internet Dial-Up, without pointing to an already approved rate for another ILEC or providing a cost study in support of its application.

Accordingly, the Commission requests that CityWest file, by 29 May 2006 , additional documentation to support its proposed fourth basket rate increases, consistent with the Commission's directives in paragraph 54 of Decision 2006-14.

In light of the requirement for CityWest to provide additional documentation, the Commission will be unable to issue a decision on TN 94A within 10 business days.   However, assuming that all required documentation is received within the established timeframe, the Commission anticipates being able to render a decision within 45 business days.

CityWest may contact Joëlle Bernier at (819) 994-0551 should it require further information or assistance.

Yours sincerely,

'Original signed by S. Bédard '  

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

cc:    Joëlle Bernier, CRTC (819) 994-0551 
       Michel Murray, CRTC (819) 997-9300

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