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Ottawa, 4 May 2012

File No.  8678-B2-201100594

Mr. Bill Abbott
Senior Counsel & Bell Privacy Ombudsman
Bell Canada
Floor 19
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4

By email:

Re: Deferral Account Proposal to Improve the Accessibility of Mobile Devices and Services – Delivery A

Dear Mr. Abbott:

I am writing in regard to Bell Canada’s (Bell’s) letter dated 11 April 2012 that requested the Commission’s approval of deferral account funding for the implementation phase (Delivery B) of Bell’s proposal to improve the Accessibility of Mobile Devices and Services (the Mobility Accessibility Initiative).1

With this letter, I am notifying parties to this process that the normal comment and reply deadlines2 will be suspended to allow the Commission to request further information with respect to Bell’s application.  The request(s) for information will be sent out shortly, at which time we will advise of the new deadlines for this process.

Lastly, in accordance with Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules),3 please provide the website address for this application or the e-mail address where an electronic copy of the application may be requested.



Mary-Louise Hayward
Manager, Social & Consumer Policy
Policy Development and Research


Distribution List:

Canadian Association of the Deaf; Ontario College of Art and Design, Treviranus,;  ARCH;  Council of Canadians with Disabilities,; Council of Canadians with Disabilities,; Independent Living Canada,;  Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB),; Canadian Council of the Blind,; Ottawa Deaf Centre,; Ontario Association of the Deaf,; The Canadian Hearing Society,; Canadian Association for Community Living,; Centre québécois de la déficience auditive,; Public Interest Law Centre,; Disability and Information Technologies (Dis-IT),;; Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians/L'Alliance pour l'égalité des aveugles canadiens,;; Neil Squire; Society,;  Chris Stark,;; Clayton Zekelman, clayton@MNSi.Net; Ms. Denise Sayer,; Mr. David Lepofsky;  Beverley Milligan, Media Access Canada,; Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec,

[1] The Mobility Accessibility Initiative consists of two deliveries:  Delivery A provides for a plan; Delivery B provides for the implementation of that plan.  In a letter dated 29 April 2011, the Commission approved Delivery A and directed Bell to provide on 3 October 2011 the detailed information listed below when it files with the Commission the results of Delivery A and its request for approval of Delivery B. 

In a letter dated 23 December 2011, the Commission extended the delivery date for Delivery B of to 2 April 2012 and, in addition to the above deliverables, directed Bell to provide regular progress reports and minutes of meetings held with the Disability Advisory Committee as approved by these stakeholders.


[3], Section 22 (2) (b).

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