Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Céline Laporte (Groupe Maskatel LP)

Ottawa, 1 October 2018

Our reference:  8740-G1-201308312

BY EMAIL

Ms. Céline Laporte
Vice-présidente - Stratégies, marketing et ventes
Groupe Maskatel LP
770, boulevard Casavant Ouest
Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec J2S 7S3
celinelaporte@maskatel.cqc.ca

RE:  Expiry of Téléphone Guèvremont inc.’s (now Groupe Maskatel LP) exogenous increase to recover local competition start-up costs

Dear Madam:

In Téléphone Guèvremont inc. – Application to review and vary Telecom Decision 2012-37 regarding implementation of local competition, Telecom Decision 2012-425, 7 August 2012, the Commission, among other things, approved an exogenous factor of $47,000 per year for recovery of Téléphone Guèvremont inc.’s (Guèvremont) non-recurring (start-up) local competition and local number portability (LNP) costs over a period of five years. In Telecom Decision 2012-37, the Commission had noted that Guèvremont could file a tariff application to increase rates to recover those costs.

Guèvremont filed Tariff Notice 63, dated 4 June 2013, proposing a monthly rate increase of $0.29 for residential primary exchange service, effective 20 June 2013, to recover its costs associated with implementing local competition and LNP. The application was approved on an interim basis on 19 June 2013, with final approval on 8 July 2013.

On 18 July 2013, Guèvremont filed Tariff Notice 64 to reflect that its name had been changed to Groupe Maskatel LP (Maskatel).

On 5 October 2017, Maskatel filed Tariff Notice 71, which included a housekeeping change to revise the maximum rate in the rate range for residential primary exchange service from $26.50 to $26.79 to reflect the monthly rate increase proposed in Tariff Notice 63 that was approved by the Commission.

Commission staff notes that Maskatel’s exogenous factor adjustment to recover start-up costs for local competition and LNP expired on 20 June 2018, at the end of the five-year recovery period. Commission staff requests that Maskatel confirm whether it has stopped applying the increase to its residential service rate in order to reflect the expiry of the exogenous adjustment.

Maskatel is requestedto file a tariff application, by no later than 22 October 2018, to propose removal of the additional charges to take into account the expiry of this exogenous adjustment.

If it continued to apply the additional charges, 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 20 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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