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Ottawa, 11 December 2006

File No.:   8638-C12-200616112


Mr. Brian Armstrong
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Saskatchewan Telecommunications
2121 Saskatchewan Drive
Regina , Saskatchewan
S4P 3Y2

Dear Mr. Armstrong:

Re: Saskatchewan Telecommunications - 900 call blocking

Commission staff notes that in 900 service - Agreements and consumer safeguards , Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-19 (Decision 2005-19), the Commission established a number of consumer safeguards for 900 service.   In that decision, the Commission determined that no charge was to be levied for initial call blocking by a customer and that the charge for subsequent changes to call blocking made by a given customer should not exceed ten dollars.

In MTS Allstream and Bell Canada - Part VII applications regarding 900 service , Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-48 (Decision 2006-48), the 900 service safeguards, which were originally limited in their application to the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) specified in Decision 2005-19, were extended to cover all 900 service providers and 900 service content providers.   At paragraph 31 of Decision 2006-48, the Commission stated as follows:

"In order to provide protection for all consumers, the Commission determines that the consumer safeguards for 900 service should be of general application and cover all 900 service providers and 900 service content providers, as well as all relationships between 900 service content providers, 900 service providers, LECs, and clearing houses that involve 900 service."

In order to ensure that these safeguards were extended to all parties involved in the provisioning of 900 service, the Commission noted at footnote 2 to Decision 2006-48 that though Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) was not made a party to the proceeding leading to Decision 2005-19, all references to ILECs made in Decision 2006-48 should be read as including SaskTel.

Commission staff notes that SaskTel's 900 call blocking tariff provisions are not consistent with the requirements of Decision 2006-48.   Specifically, staff notes that the company's toll restrictor tariff (CRTC 21411, Item 170.15) specifies first time call blocking rental and service charges for business customers.   Accordingly, SaskTel is requested to file a tariff application by 29 December 2006 to modify its 900 call blocking provisions to be consistent with the requirements set out in Decision 2006-48.

Yours sincerely,

'Original signed by S. Bédard '

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

cc.: Eric Bowles, CRTC 819-953-5672,

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