FAQ – Wireline local and access (21X)

Form 211 - Local and access operating revenues

Where should Service connection charges be reported?

Service connection charges should be reported on line 5: Other user services (service charges, inside wire, etc.).

Where do we report interconnection revenues?

Under Switching & Aggregation include direct connect and access tandem usage revenues, one-time and transactional 800/888 carrier ID charges and PIC processing charges. Under Local Interconnection include local, toll and CCS7 transit charges, and bill and keep settlement revenues. Where your customer also uses your private line facilities to interconnect, report these as short-haul wholesale revenues on Form 241.

We are a Small ILEC. Where on form 211 do we report Direct Toll revenues?

Direct toll revenues should be reported as Local interconnection and switching & aggregation (line 7). Other items such as high-cost subsidy revenues are reported as Contribution (line 11); operator services as Other services (including Centrex, DEA, and ISDN) (line 4); and advertising and telephone directory revenues as the Other revenues on form 101.

Form 212 – Local and access - owned, leased and rebilled network access service (NAS)

Who should fill out this form?

Anyone who provides dedicated, fixed local services, such as local fixed voice and high-speed Internet. This form asks you to report the number of fixed lines over which you provide these services. That means that, where you provide two services over one line - like DSL and local voice - only one line should be reported.

How many NAS should we report for ISDN services?

The intent of this form is to capture the number of connections to the PSTN. Thus, regardless of the number of telephone numbers assigned, individual residential or business lines, Centrex and pay telephones represent one PSTN connection. Similarly, services such as Digital Exchange Access (DEA), and ISDN PRI and BRI have the capacity to support 24, 23/24 and 2 PSTN connections, respectively. Some end users of ISDN services may have more telephone numbers (DID, TNA) than connections however, report only the number of connections.

Explain the three facilities categories: owned, leased and rebilled.

Report the number of PSTN accesses for each type of service under the appropriate owned, leased or rebilled category. Owned lines are those provisioned to your customer using only your own network. Leased facilities, such as unbundled loops from the incumbent, are used to provide access from your customer's premises to your network.

Rebilled services are those billed to your customer, but connected directly to the underlying providers' network. An example of this is Centrex resale, where the incumbents' Centrex service provides telephone service directly to your customer.

Owned or leased facilities connect your customers to your network. Rebilled facilities do not touch your network.

What lines should we include under OTS?

OTS lines are for internal company uses such as telephone service used by your own employees or for services that you offer your customers that require the use of connectivity to the PSTN, such as dial access to the Internet or virtual private networks (VPNs).

What do you mean by access independent and access dependent?

Access independent services are those where the service is provided to the customer independent of the underlying access. Conversely, access dependent services include the underlying access with the service. Telephone service has traditionally been characterized as including three elements: a telephone number, a connection to the PSTN, and the access from the customer premises to the service providers office. In the case of access independent VoIP services (See Telecommunications Glossary), the customer subscribes to the service independently of their broadband Internet access service. Telephone services offered by telephone companies or cable BDUs that include all three elements are considered to be access dependent services.

We are a cable company that offers our customers local telephone service.  How do we report NAS?

If your service includes a non-Internet, managed access to your customer, then you are providing access dependent service and you should complete forms 212 and 213. If your service is access independent, complete forms 212 and 213.

We offer traditional telephone service over twisted pair.  How do we complete the form?

For traditional telephone service, the access type is access dependent (line 15).

What is the meaning of NAS-equivalent?

Refer to FAQs for form 213.

Form 213 – Total NAS and NAS-equivalent by wire centre

Do we only report lines that we own?

No. Report owned, leased and rebilled NAS when completing this form but, make sure not to include unbundled loops or lines for internal use (OTS).

What is the meaning of NAS-equivalent?

The term "NAS-equivalent" was included in the Forbearance decision, Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-15, to account for access independent local VoIP services in sizing the wireline local telephone services market. Each unique primary telephone number of an access independent local VoIP service is considered equivalent to a regular NAS in determining the total wireline connections within a given market geography. Refer to the Telecommunications Glossary for additional information.

There are columns for NAS and NAS-equivalent. Which do we complete?

Access dependent services are reported in the NAS column; access independent services are reported under the NAS-equivalent column.

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