The CRTC announced Monday that Triton Global Business Services Inc. has breached a billing and collection services agreement it held with MTS Allstream Inc. The commission said in a release that it received an application from Triton on Feb. 2, 2011, asking for interim and final relief for a dispute over billing services between itself and MTS. Triton requested the CRTC to determine whether MTS’ actions were legal when it decided to terminate its billing and collection services agreement with Triton on Jan. 12, 2011. The commission said that, as a result of the request, MTS came forward to defend the termination by stating that Triton failed to “properly validate calls on two separate occasions.” MTS said one occasion took place in late 2007 and the other in the fall of 2010. The CRTC defines validation as a process in which the service provider, in this case Triton, must access a database to determine whether telephone numbers can receive certain types of calls. MTS argued that Triton failed to perform that service. MTS added that the agreement was designed to guard against unvalidated calls and by not properly validating them, Triton “acted with disregard for the provisions in the ... Agreement.” The commission said Monday that, due to repeated breaches, MTS had valid legal grounds to terminate its agreement with Triton. The CRTC said an earlier interim relief order for Triton is of no force, effective 10 days from the date of the decision.