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Telecom Costs Order

Ottawa, 18 February 1998
Telecom Costs Order CRTC 98-5
In re: Implementation of Price Cap Regulation, 1997 Contribution Charges and Related Issues, Telecom Public Notice CRTC 97-11
Reference: 8085-RP0003/97
1. Application for Costs by the British Columbia Old Age Pensioners' Organization, Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of British Columbia, Federated Anti-Poverty Groups of British Columbia, Senior Citizens' Association of British Columbia, West End Seniors' Network, End Legislated Poverty, British Columbia Coalition for Information Access and Tenants Rights Action Coalition (BCOAPO et al.).
2. By letter dated 13 November 1997, BCOAPO et al. applied for costs in relation to this proceeding. BCOAPO et al. submitted that they had met the criteria for an award of costs set out in subsection 44(1) of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure (the Rules). BCOAPO et al. also submitted that since their participation was focused solely on BC TEL's application, BC TEL alone should be named as respondent to its costs application.
3. By letter dated 20 January 1998, BC TEL stated that it has no objections to BCOAPO et al.'s application, nor to their submission that costs should be payable by BC TEL.
4. The Commission considers that BCOAPO et al. have satisfied the criteria for an award of costs set out in subsection 44(1) of the Rules.
5. The application of BCOAPO et al. for an award of costs in respect of this proceeding is approved.
6. Costs awarded herein shall be subject to taxation in accordance with the Rules.
7. As BCOAPO et al.'s participation was confined solely to issues in relation to BC TEL's application, the Commission considers it appropriate to name BC TEL as the sole respondent to BCOAPO et al.'s application. Accordingly, costs awarded herein shall be payable to BCOAPO et al. by BC TEL.
8. Costs awarded herein shall be taxed by Dylan Jones.
9. BCOAPO et al. shall, within 30 days of this Order, submit a Bill of Costs and an Affidavit of Disbursements directly to the Taxing Officer, serving a copy on BC TEL.
10. BC TEL may, within two weeks of receiving those documents, file comments directly with the Taxing Officer with respect to the costs claimed, serving a copy on BCOAPO et al.
11. BCOAPO et al. may, within two weeks of receiving BC TEL's comments, file a reply directly with the Taxing Officer, serving a copy on BC TEL.
12. Documents to be filed or served must be actually received, not merely sent, by the dates indicated.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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