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Ottawa, 23 May 2012

Ref. No.: 8740-T78-201205948


Allen Mercier
Director - Regulatory Research
Télébec, Limited Partnership
87 Ontario Street West, 5th floor
Montreal, Quebec  H2X 1Y8

Dear Mr. Mercier:

RE:  Tariff Notice 0445

On 15 May 2012, the Commission received from Télébec, Limited Partnership (Télébec) the above-mentioned tariff notice, in which the company proposed to increase certain intra-exchange distance charges, certain inter-exchange distance charges and channel charges for data transmission.  Télébec confirmed that these tariff revisions are within the limits of the “Other Capped Services” basket.

The company indicated that its application qualified as a Group A retail filing pursuant to Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-455 - Approval processes for tariff applications and intercarrier agreements (Information Bulletin 2010-455), dated 5 July 2010.

However, Commission staff considers that this application does not satisfy the definition of Group A retail tariff filings set out in Information Bulletin 2010-455.  Specifically, the application includes certain tariff increases that do not comply with paragraph 2(a) of bulletin 2010-455.  The table below shows the tariffs in question:


Page Item Current tariff Proposed
690 2 (a), Over 1,000 Category 3A circuits $0.92 $1.02
692 6.1.3, paragraph 3 (a), balance between 100 and 5,000 Hertz and balance between 50 and 8,000 Hertz $29.94 $32.94

The staff notes that the current amounts set out above have been rounded up despite the fact that the third decimal indicates a number of less than five.  As a result, the company is exceeding the 10% rate element constraint for Other Capped Services set out in paragraph 108 of Telecom Decision
2007-27 - Price cap framework for large incumbent local exchange carriers.  For that reason, this application does not qualify as a Group A retail filing.

In addition, the staff notes that on page 369.1, the proposed tariffs do not show an increase as identified by Télébec.

Finally, the staff notes that on page 688 of the proposed tariffs, under item 6.1.3 (inter-exchange distance charges), subsection 1(b) (iii), Télébec did not indicate that it wished to increase its per-mile charges for the 26-50-mile category, but the amount identified differs from the current tariff.

For efficiency, the Commission will process this application as a Group B retail filing rather than close the file and require the company to refile it as a new application.  However, because this application must be amended to address the concerns set out above, the application will not be approved on an interim basis on the 15th calendar day following its reception.  The company is to file, without delay, revised tariff pages.  The company is not to implement its proposed tariff revisions until the application is approved.


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Decisions and Operations

.c.:  Diane Massie, CRTC, 819-997-4576,

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