Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Pierre Allard (CoopTel)

Ottawa, 25 September 2018

Our reference:  8740-C41-201308643

BY EMAIL

Mr. Pierre Allard
Director – Project Management and Regulatory
CoopTel
5521, chemin de L’Aéroport
Valcourt, Québec J0E 2L0
pallard@cooptel.coop

RE:  Expiry of CoopTel’s exogenous increase to recover local competition start-up costs

Dear Sir:

In CoopTel – Implementation of local competition for Cogeco Cable Inc., Telecom Decision 2012-36, 24 January 2012, the Commission, among other things, approved an exogenous factor of $60,000 per year for recovery of CoopTel’s non-recurring (start-up) local competition and local number portability (LNP) costs over a period of five years. The Commission noted that CoopTel could file a tariff application to increase rates to recover those costs.

CoopTel filed Tariff Notice 75, dated 12 June 2013, proposing monthly rate increases of $0.67 and $2.44 for residential and business primary exchange service respectively, effective 28 June 2013, to recover its costs associated with implementing local competition and LNP. The application was approved on an interim basis on 25 June 2013, with final approval on 15 July 2013.

Commission staff notes that CoopTel’s exogenous factor adjustment to recover start-up costs for local competition and LNP expired on 28 June 2018, at the end of the five-year recovery period. Commission staff requests that CoopTel confirm whether it has stopped applying the increases to its rates in order to reflect the expiry of the exogenous adjustment.

CoopTel is requested to file a tariff application, by no later than 16 October 2018, to propose removal of the rate increases to take into account the expiry of this exogenous adjustment.

If it continued to apply the rate increases, the application should also include the company’s plan for crediting or rebating customers who have been paying a higher rate than they should have been since 28 June 2018.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c. c.: Joseph Cabrera, CRTC (819) 934-6352, joseph.cabrera@crtc.gc.ca

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