Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to W.N. Beckman (SaskTel)

Ottawa, 6 December 2016

Our reference:  8740-S22-201611046


Mr. W.N. Beckman
Senior Director - Regulatory Affairs
2121 Saskatchewan Drive
Regina, Sask.  S4P 3Y2

RE:  SaskTel Tariff Notice No. 333 – Basic Service – Multi-line Access Service

Dear Mr. Beckman:

On 17 October 2016, the Commission received an application from SaskTel, under Tariff Notice 333 (TN 333), in which the company proposed to modify its General Tariff (CRTC 21411) to increase various rates for Multi-Line service and introduce a 3 year contract rate in Rate Group 1 for Multi-Line two-way and DID lines.

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 question by 20 December 2016.


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications sector

c.c: Wendy McClintock, CRTC, 819-639-6211,

Attach. (1)

Request for information

  1. In Regulatory framework for second price cap period (Telecom Policy CRTC 2002-34), and Price cap framework for large incumbent local exchange carriers (Telecom Decision 2007-27), the Commission assigned SaskTel’s Multi-line access services to the Single and multi-line business local exchange services basket.   Under the price cap framework, the annual price increase permitted for services in this basket, at the rate element level, is 10%.

In Rate ranges for services other than voice over Internet Protocol services (Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-75), the Commission determined that in increasing the maximum rate of an approved rate range, the new maximum rate is to be set no higher above the current maximum rate than what would be permitted by the applicable rate element constraint. 

In its 17 October 2016 TN 333 application, SaskTel is proposing to increase the maximum rates for Multi-line access service in Rate Groups 2 and 3 by approximately 20%.

Please provide an explanation as to how SaskTel is meeting the requirements of Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-75 with regards to the maximum rates proposed for Multi-line service in Rate Groups 2 and 3.

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