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Ottawa, 19 July 2012

Our Ref.: 8740-S22-201208109


Mr. Robert Hersche
Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs
Saskatchewan Telecommunications
2121 Saskatchewan Drive
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3Y2

Re:  Tariff Notice 271

Dear Mr. Hersche:

On 5 July 2012, the Commission received an application from Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) under cover of Tariff Notice 271.  The company proposed the destandardization of its General Tariff – Basic Services CRTC 21411, Item 110.40, Digital Exchange Access Service (DEA), with a requested effective date of 17 October 2012.

Paragraph 28(1)(a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may request parties to file information or documents where needed.

SaskTel is requested to provide comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached questions by 31 July 2012.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by M. Murray

Michel Murray
Director, Decisions and Operations

cc:  Imen Arfaoui, CRTC (819) 997-4663,


Request for information – SaskTel Tariff Notice 271

1.  SaskTel identified its MegalinkTM service as an alternative to DEA.

Provide a comparison of DEA vs. MegalinkTM in terms of service functionality provided, technical requirements, pricing, and contractual arrangements.

2.  SaskTel stated that demand for DEA has been stagnant since 2009. SaskTel also attached to it application, a copy of a customer notification letter dated 6 July 2012.

Identify the number of DEA customers as of year-end for each of 2009 through 2011 inclusive, and as of 30 June 2012.

Confirm that the customer notification letter has been sent to each customer that would be affected by the proposed destandardization of DEA.  If notice has not been sent to those customers, explain why not.

3.  Explain the impact of the proposed destandardization at the expiration of DEA customers’ contracts.  Specifically, would existing DEA customers who are subject to a contract be able to re-new their contracts at the end of term and continue to subscribe to DEA?  If not, explain why not.

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