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Ottawa, 11 October 2013

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

By email:

Re: Bell Canada’s Part 1 Application to Improve the Accessibility of Mobile Telecommunications at Bell Canada – Request for Extension to file responses to Requests for Information

Dear Mr. Abbott:

We are writing in response to your letter dated 7 October 2013 that requested a 19-day extension for filing with the Commission responses to Requests for Information. Your letter states that this extension is required because of the extensive nature of the Requests for Information directed to Bell Canada by other parties, coupled with the workload currently imposed by other accessibility files on the Bell Canada resources best positioned to respond.

Commission staff considers Bell Canada’s request for extension to be reasonable, and thus amends as follows the dates for steps 4 to 6 of the schedule set out in staff’s letter dated 7 August 2013. The other dates for this process are not affected, including the close of record date of 13 December for final comments.
4. Responses to Requests for Information:
 From 11 October to 30 October 2013.
5. Requests by parties for further responses to their Requests for Information:
 From 30 October to 18 November 2013.
6. Responses to these requests to be filed with the Commission:
 From 12 November to 25 November 2013.

Parties should note that the amended dates will compress the timeframe for the process for requests for further information and public disclosure of information that has been designated as confidential. Bell Canada is also requested to respond to the below additional question when it files with the Commission its responses to Requests for Information on 30 October 2013.

Bell(CRTC)XXOct13-1 MAI
Refer to section 4.2 (page 4 of 7) of Attachment 1 to Bell Canada’s proposal dated 29 April 2013 where Bell Canada states that the study period for the calculation of drawdown is “from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.” Refer to section 6.2 (page 10 of 13) of BellCanada(CRTC)10Aug12-1B MAI where Bell Canada states that the study period is from “1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.”

Do the dates and duration for the study given in BellCanada(CRTC)10Aug12-1B MAI represent a change from those provided in Attachment 1? If so, provide rationale for that change. Confirm the actual study period.
Yours sincerely,

Nanao Kachi
Director, Social and Consumer Policy


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, Diane Bergeron

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