Operating income before amortization of $397 million for the quarter was up 5.3% over the same period last year. Revenue related improvements and reduced regulatory costs resulting from the CRTC mandated reduction in the Local Programming Improvement Fund ("LPIF") contribution from 1.5% to 1% were partially offset by increased programming amounts related to new services and increased rates as contracts were renewed, higher marketing and various other costs, and the net impact of divestment and acquisition activity.
Operating income before amortization for the year-to-date period improved 7.2% over last year to $1.19 billion. Revenue related growth, reduced marketing and sales expenses, lower LPIF, and the second quarter broadcast license fee adjustment, were partially offset by higher employee related amounts due to employee growth and annual merit increases, and higher programming costs due to new services and annual rate increases.
Revenue was up $11 million or 1.4% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Operating income before amortization improved 1%. Revenue related growth and lower marketing and employee related costs, were partially offset by the prior quarter benefit related to the broadcast license fee adjustment and higher various other expenses.
Total capital investment of $255 million in the current quarter increased $86 million over the same period last year. Capital investment for the nine month period of $571 million decreased from $626 million last year. Capital investment in the current three and nine month periods included $40 million and $50 million, respectively, funded through the accelerated capital fund established with net proceeds from the strategic transactions with each of Rogers and Corus. The accelerated capital fund initiatives included next generation video delivery systems, expediting WiFi infrastructure build, continued investment in the new data centre, and increasing network capacity.
Success-based capital was up $17 million over the comparable three month period due to higher HD/HDPVR equipment rentals. For the comparable nine month period Success based spend was $69 million lower due to reduced video equipment rentals, lower subsidies from higher pricing for video equipment sales, decreased internet modem purchases, and lower installation activity.
Investment in Upgrades and enhancement and Replacement categories combined increased $47 million in the current quarter compared to the same period last year. The higher spend was due to core network equipment and softswitch upgrades, and increased deployment of business customer electronics. The year-to-date period investment was comparable to last year.
Investment in Buildings and other was up $22 million and $13 million, respectively, over the comparable three and nine month periods last year. The increase was primarily due to higher spend on other corporate assets, back office infrastructure replacement projects, and continued investment in the new data centre.
Spending in New housing development was comparable to the three and nine month periods last year.
Total capital investment of $255 million in the current quarter increased $79 million over the second quarter and included $40 million of spend on various accelerated capital fund initiatives. In addition to the various accelerated capital invested, Success-based spend was up due to higher HD/HDPVR rental activity and Buildings and other increased due to spend on other corporate assets. Upgrades and enhancements was higher due to current quarter digital network upgrade ("DNU") activity and engineering lab replacement. The prior quarter also benefitted from a SR&ED tax credit. New housing development was also up due to higher seasonal construction activity.
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