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120117 the Comp Part 1 Payphones Application_ABR

120117 the Comp Part 1 Payphones Application_ABR

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ABRIDGED
BEFORE THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISIONAND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONIN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BYBELL ALIANT REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP,BELL CANADA AND TÉLÉBEC, SOCIÉTÉ EN COMMANDITEPURSUANT TO PART 1 OF THE
CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 
AND SECTIONS 25 AND 27.1 OF THE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT 
PAY TELEPHONE RATE INCREASE17 JANUARY 2012
 
ABRIDGEDTable of ContentsPage
 
ABRIDGED1.0INTRODUCTION
1.
Pursuant to Part 1 of the
CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Practice and Procedure
and in light of 
Order Issuing a Direction to the CRTC on Implementing theCanadian Telecommunications Policy Objectives
, P.C. 2006-1534, 14 December 2006(the Policy Direction), Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (BellAliant), Bell Canada and Télébec, Société en commandite (Télébec) (collectively, theCompanies) submit this Application requesting that the Commission grant them theflexibility to increase their pay telephone (payphone) rates up to a maximum of $1.00 for each originating local call that is paid with coins deposited in the payphone coin collectingdevice (local cash calls) and to increase the rate up to a maximum of $2.00 for eachoriginating local call that is paid using an authorized cash card or an authorized debit cardof an approved institution or organization, (local non-cash calls).
2.
The Companies seek increased flexibility to experiment with different rates for payphone calls in order to determine the appropriate rate levels that will permit them torecover the costs associated with upgrading their payphones to handle the new coins thatwill be introduced in early 2012 as a result of the Government of Canada's currencymodernization plan, as well as to ensure payphone profitability and availability in thefuture. The new one dollar coins will have different characteristics than the current onesand so will not be recognized by the current coin validation systems. Permitting theCompanies to recover the costs associated with upgrading their payphones to accept thenew one dollar coin through rate increases for local payphone calls will also assist theCompanies in slowing down the decommissioning of payphones, as profitability will bemore likely. Such reliance on market forces is consistent with the Policy Objectives of the
Telecommunications Act 
(the
 Act 
) as well as with the Policy Direction.
3.
Pursuant to section 39 of the
 Act 
, certain information in this Application is beingprovided in confidence to the Commission. Release of this information on the publicrecord would allow existing and potential competitors to formulate more effective businessplans and marketing strategies based on the Companies' usage data following a ratechange. Such disclosure would therefore prejudice the Companies' competitive position

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