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Our file: 8623-C12-01/00

Ottawa, 2 March 2001


To: Interested Parties

Subject: Public Notice CRTC 2000-175 - Monitoring the Canadian telecommunications industry - Consultation Procedure

As stated in Public Notice CRTC 2000-175, 15 December 2000, a consultation will be held with the telecommunications industry, consumer groups and other interested parties to assist the Commission to determine the information needed to monitor more effectively the Canadian telecommunications industry. As anticipated in Public Notice 2000-175, the Commission has engaged the services of a consultant, Lemay-Yates Associates Inc., to assist in the establishment of mechanisms to collect information required from telecommunications service providers. The consultant will prepare a background report recommending appropriate monitoring mechanisms (the Background Report).

The purpose of the consultation is to provide participants the opportunity to comment on the recommendations in the Background Report.

The consultation will be held in the National Capital Region in the Pontiac Room, Phase IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Hull, Québec, commencing at 9 am on 18 April 2001 and is expected to last 2 days. The consultation will be chaired by Commission staff. Details on hours for the consultation will be provided at a later date.

Procedural Matters:

Parties will be provided with a copy of the Background Report by 21 March 2001.

All parties who wish to attend the consultation should write to the Commission indicating their intention to do so as soon as possible and no later than 4 April 2001. Parties must indicate whether they wish to attend only as observers, or to present oral comments. Parties may wish to have more than one individual appear on their behalf, and accordingly, panel presentations will be permitted. Parties must indicate the names of the individuals who will appear on their behalf. Parties should contact the Secretary General by mail at CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2; by fax at (819) 953-0795; or by email at They are to indicate in the notice their email address, where available. If parties do not have access to the Internet, they are to indicate in their notice whether they wish to receive disk versions of hard copy filings.

An order of appearance for the oral presentations will be issued by 11 April 2001.

Parties have the option of providing only oral comments. However, in order to make the consultation more productive, parties are encouraged also to file prior to the consultation written comments regarding the recommendations contained in the Background Report. Parties are encouraged to file such submissions by 11 April 2001, but must file any written submissions no later than the commencement of the consultation on 18 April 2001. Submissions are to be copied on other interested parties at the same time they are filed.

At the consultation, parties will be given a maximum of 20 minutes in which to make their oral presentation regarding the recommendations contained in the Background Report, and if desired, comment on the submissions of other parties. Panel presentations will be given a maximum of 25 minutes. Commission staff will address questions to parties as necessary. It is not intended that parties will be permitted to address questions to each other.

If time permits, a general discussion amongst all parties present will be held at the end of the last day of the consultation.

A court reporter will be present to transcribe the consultation, with simultaneous translation if necessary.

Parties requiring communications support such as translation, assistive listening devices and sign language interpretation are requested to inform the Commission by 4 April 2001 so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Parties may file written reply submissions by 26 April 2001. Reply submissions must be served on other interested parties by the same date.

Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date/time, the document should actually be received, not merely sent, by that date/time.

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Soehn
Executive Director, Telecommunications

Peter Wilson, CRTC (819) 953-5584

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