Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2009-1
Ottawa, 8 January 2009
Naming and numbering of official CRTC documents
In this document, the Commission announces the implementation of a new approach, effective 1 January 2009, to the naming and numbering of its official documents.
Naming of documents
1. As discussed in Broadcasting Circular 2008-1 /Telecom Circular 2008-1, the Commission's approach to official documents was not consistent for both the Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Telecom) sectors and did not always provide a clear distinction between the prospective and determination phases of the Commission's processes. In order to make its official documents clearer and more consistent, the Commission, effective 1 January 2009, will issue the following official documents in both the Broadcasting and Telecom sectors:
- Notices of Consultation
- Regulatory Policies
- Information Bulletins
2. Decisions will continue to set out the Commission's determinations on certain applications and other matters not related to revisions of its regulatory policies.
In the Broadcasting sector, Decisions will set out determinations on matters such as
- applications for new licences;
- applications for licence renewals and amendments;
- applications for changes in the effective control of broadcasting undertakings;
- revocation or suspension of licences; and
- complaints concerning programming.
In the Telecom sector, Decisions will set out determinations on matters such as
- Part VII applications, including those addressing competitive disputes, review and variance of a Telecom Decision, social and consumer issues, and forbearance;
- quality of service disputes and issues; and
- revocation of international licences.
Notices of Consultation
3. Notices of Consultation will be used to announce all proceedings where an opportunity will be provided for comments or filings.
In the Broadcasting sector, Notices of Consultation will be issued for matters such as
- notices of applications received;
- notices of hearings;
- calls for applications; and
- calls for comments on policy matters and proposed amendments to regulations.
In the Telecom sector, Notices of Consultation will be issued for matters such as
- notices of hearings; and
- calls for comments on policy issues.
4. Regulatory Policies will set out Commission policies, regulatory frameworks, and determinations on matters related to such policies and frameworks.
In the Broadcasting sector, this will include documents setting out the Commission's determinations on matters such as
- new regulatory frameworks;
- policy reviews;
- adoption of new or amended regulations;
- revisions to the lists of eligible satellite services; and
- changes to the distribution and linkage rules.
In the Telecom sector, this will include documents setting out the Commission's determinations on matters such as
- new regulatory frameworks; and
- amendments to current regulatory frameworks.
5. The Commission issues Orders under various circumstances.
In the Broadcasting sector, Orders will be issued for matters such as
- mandatory orders;
- distribution orders;
- exemption orders; and
- broadcasting licence fees.
In the Telecom sector, Orders will be issued for matters such as
- determinations on new or revised tariffs and agreements;
- determinations concerning cost awards; and
- telecommunications fees.
6. Information Bulletins will replace Circulars.
For both the Broadcasting and Telecom sectors, Information Bulletins will set out new or revised procedures, practices, and guidelines (including election guidelines) for the regulated industries as well as the Commission's service standards.
In the Broadcasting sector, Information Bulletins will also be used to set out lists of applications that did not require a public process and that the Commission processed pursuant to its streamlined procedures. These applications involve transfers of ownership and changes in the effective control of broadcasting undertakings, as well as applications for amendments or extensions of deadlines.
Numbering of official documents
7. Beginning 1 January 2009, the Commission will number all of its official documents sequentially in the order that they are issued. Each document will therefore have a unique number.
8. Accordingly, there will no longer be a separate numbering system for Broadcasting and Telecom documents, or for different types of documents such as Decisions or Orders. The Commission will, however, continue to provide separate indexes for Broadcasting and Telecom official documents on its website.
- Naming official CRTC documents – Information Bulletin, Broadcasting Circular CRTC 2008-1/Telecom Circular CRTC 2008-1, 4 January 2008
This document is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site: http://www.crtc.gc.ca.
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