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Ottawa, 25 August 2006
To: Distribution List
Re: Show cause - Ethernet CO Connecting Link service rates, terms and conditions
In Ethernet services , Telecom Decision CRTC 2004-5, 27 January 2004, (Decision 2004-5) the Commission determined that various incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, including MTS Allstream Inc., (MTS Allstream), formerly MTS Communications Inc., were to provide among other things, on an interim basis, an Ethernet central office (CO) connecting link service ( Ethernet CO connecting link service) for competitor use. The Commission classified, on an interim basis, the Ethernet CO connecting link service as a Category I Competitor Service (Category I service).
The Commission received an application TN 548 by MTS Allstream, dated 21 December 2004 , to introduce item 122, Ethernet CO Connecting Link service, to its Access Services for Interconnection with Carriers and other Service Providers Tariff. In its application MTS Allstream proposed that the Ethernet CO Connecting Link service would be provisioned in increments of 24 or 48 links with rates applied on a one-time charge per Ethernet CO Connecting Link arrangement.
On 20 June 2006, the Commission received an amendment to TN 548, which proposed that the Ethernet CO Connecting Link service would be available to registered Canadian carriers and Digital Subscriber Line Service Providers (DSLSPs) and would provide a 10Base-T, 100Base-T or 1000Base-T transmission path from an interconnecting carrier's or DSLSP's co-located transmission equipment to an MTS Allstream Ethernet or fibre patch panel located within its CO. MTS Allstream proposed the monthly rate of $12.20 and a service order charge of $170.00 per 10Base-T, 100Base-T or 1000Base-T Ethernet CO Connecting Link in all rate bands. MTS Allstream submitted that the proposed rates for its Ethernet CO Connecting Link service were consistent with those approved in Competitor Digital Network Services , Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-6, 3 February 2005, as amended by Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-6-1, 28 April 2006 (Decision 2005-6), for the co-location optical link service component of the Competitor Digital Network (CDN) service.
In support of its proposal, MTS Allstream noted that at paragraph 519 of Decision 2005-6, the Commission stated that the CDN optical co-location link service should be made available to competitors for use with services other than the CDN services. MTS Allstream submitted that given the similarity between its Ethernet CO Connecting Link service and the co-location optical link service component of the CDN services, it proposed to adopt the CDN optical co-location link rate as the most expedient means of establishing an approved tariffed service.
Commission staff notes that MTS Allstream proposed that for its 10Base-T and 100Base-T Ethernet CO Connecting Link service, in all rate bands, the connecting link would be provisioned using category 5 cable. Commission staff also notes that MTS Allstream proposed that it would be appropriate to adopt the same rate, terms and conditions for the category 5 link service as the optical co-location link service. Commission staff further notes that MTS Allstream also proposed that, consistent with the Commission's determinations in Decisions 2004-5 and 2005-6, its Ethernet CO Connecting Link service should be classified as a Category I service.
Bell Canada, Saskatchewan Telecommunications, TELUS Communications Company, and Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (the Companies) are invited to show cause why the Commission should not require the Companies to apply the MTS Allstream proposal set forth in TN 548A on a final basis.
The Companies, and MTS Allstream, are to provide their views with respect to the above matter as part of their submissions regarding the final disposition of the Ethernet Services tariff notices, which, consistent with Commission's staff letter of 21 August 2006 , are to be filed with the Commission, and served on other parties, by 5 September 2006 .
Other parties may provide comments on the above matter as part of their comments to be filed and served by 15 September 2006 , following which the Companies and MTS Allstream may file reply comments as part of the reply comments to be filed and served, consistent with the 21 August 2006 letter, by 25 September 2006 .
Submissions must be actually received, not merely sent, by the above dates.
Bell Canada, MTS Allstream Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications, TELUS Communications Company, Bell Aliant Regional Communications , Xit Telecom Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Francois Menard, Cable-Axion Digitel Inc., Quebecor Media Inc.
Date Modified: 2006-08-25
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