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Ottawa, 26 May 2015

Our reference: 8740-M59-201503095


Ms. Patti Langlotz
Rates and Tariffs, MTS Regulatory
MTS Inc.
333 Main Street, Room MP19C
P.O. Box 6666
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3C 3V6

RE: MTS Inc. Tariff Notice 766 – Province-Wide Enhanced 9-1-1 Service

Dear Madam:

On 31 March 2015, the Commission received an application by MTS Inc., under Tariff Notice 766, in which the company proposed changes to General Tariff Item 485, Province-Wide E9-1-1 Service. The company submitted that its application is a Group B tariff filing.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the file associated with MTS’s TN 766 application has been closed.

MTS requested this increase to its Province-Wide E9-1-1 rate to cover 9-1-1 network enhancements that include installation of additional network hardware, software, and a dedicated Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based network connecting MTS with Manitoba’s Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and emergency response agencies (ERAs). The company submitted that this hardware will accept E9-1-1 calls from MTS’s selective routers and deliver both E9-1-1 voice and automatic location identification data to PSAPs and ERAs via IP connection over the MPLS network.

In this filing, MTS proposed to increase its Province-Wide E9-1-1 rate from $0.17 to $0.25 to cover the current network enhancements and provided a cost study in support of the proposed change. Wireless service providers using the service would be charged 50 percent of the proposed monthly rate per working telephone number.

Rogers Communications Partnership and Westman Communications Group have submitted interventions regarding the company’s application.

Commission staff notes that rates for 9-1-1 service have been classified as frozen since 1 January 1998, as set out in Telecom Decision 97-9 and confirmed in the most recent price cap framework decision, Telecom Decision 2007-27.

Commission staff considers that the present application raises broad issues of policy, including whether frozen rates should be permitted to increase to cover network enhancements such as those proposed by MTS. As a result, staff considers that a tariff notice is not the appropriate vehicle for the examination of these issues. Staff notes that such issues may be more appropriately raised in an application under Part 1 of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Consequently, the file associated with MTS’s TN 766 application is closed.


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.:   David Watt, Rogers Communications Partnership,
Shep Kaastra, Westman Communications Group,
Wendy McClintock, CRTC, 819-639-6211,

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