CRTC introduces a more efficient procedure for retail tariff applications



    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that effective
October 6, 2008, it will be moving to a more efficient and less burdensome
procedure for retail tariffs. Once implemented, the traditional telephone
companies will be able to change most of their telecommunications rates
without the CRTC's approval. For regulatory purposes, most of these changes
will now take effect on the day they are filed.
    "While the new procedure eases the regulatory burden for traditional
telephone companies, it does not permit them to exceed the pricing limits
previously imposed by the Commission for regulated services," said Leonard
Katz, the CRTC's Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications. "This change enables the
traditional telephone companies, as well as the CRTC, to streamline their
operations without any impact on consumers."
    In most cases, companies will only have to certify that the tariff change
complies with the CRTC's existing pricing rules. However, the Commission will
retain its powers to take corrective action should it find that a company has
not abided by these rules.
    In other circumstances, tariff applications will be approved under the
new procedure without the need for the Commission to issue orders or
decisions, unless an objection is received or the Commission decides to
intervene.
    Under the previous approval mechanism, applications filed with the CRTC
to amend rates usually included supporting evidence, such as detailed costing
studies and complex calculations. The CRTC would then issue a determination in
the form of an order.

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-74
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/whatsnew.htm




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For further information: Media Relations: MediaRelations
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/CRTCSubmissionMU/forms/Mediarelations.aspx?lang=e),
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(819) 994-0423, Fax: (819) 994-0218, Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782), TDD -
Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782), On-line services 
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/crtcsubmissionmu/forms/main.aspx?lang=e); These
documents are available in alternative format upon request.


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