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Ottawa, 12 February 2009


File No.:  8661-N51-200817398


By Email


NorthernTel Limited Partnership
Regulatory Affairs
25 Paget Street
Box 400
New Liskeard, Ontario
P0J 1P0


Re: Part VII application to recover the net incremental operating
       costs associated with the implementation of an expanded local
       calling area between Black River Matheson and Ramore


Dear Madam, Sir:


On 16 December 2008, the Commission received a Part VII application by NorthernTel Limited Partnership (NorthernTel) requesting that it be allowed to recover, through an exogenous adjustment, the net incremental operating costs associated with the implementation of an expanded local calling area between Black River Matheson and Ramore.  


NorthernTel is requested to provide responses to interrogatories as set out in the Attachment by 27 February 2009.


Yours sincerely,


Original signed by


Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs


cc: C. Bailey, CRTC (819) 997-4557
      P. Cormier, CRTC (819) 953-9675
      A. Mercier, Director - Regulatory Research,




1. In Framework for the expansion of local calling areas, Telecom Decision CRTC 2002-56, 12 September 2002, the Commission noted at paragraph 42 that there are both increased operating costs and savings associated with an expanded local calling area (LCA):

a) Confirm whether or not cost savings were included in the company’s calculation of its increase in net operating costs as a result of the implementation of the expanded LCA (i.e., $121,836);

b) If cost saving were included, identify the cost savings and the associated amounts included in its calculation, with supporting rationale;

c) If cost savings were not included in the calculation, provide an estimate of these savings (e.g. reduced toll billing and collection costs, reduced toll switching and aggregation costs), identifying each type of cost savings and the associated amounts; further revise the calculations in Appendix 1 of the company’s application to reflect these cost savings.

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