ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Peter Miller (Avis de recherche) and Kevin Goldstein (Bell Canada)

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Ottawa, 7 December, 2015

Peter Miller, Counsel for:
Avis de recherche

Kevin Goldstein
Vice President – Content and Distribution, Regulatory Affairs
Bell Canada

Dear Sirs:

Re: Part 1 application by Avis de Recherche against Bell TV filed 26 November 2015 (Application 2015-1326-8)

We are in receipt of the Part 1 application filed on 26 November 2015 by Avis de Recherche (ADR) against Bell TV (Bell).

Section 15.01 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations requires that, during a dispute between a broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) and a programmer, the BDU continue to distribute the programming service at the same rates and on the same terms and conditions as it did before the dispute (the “standstill” rule). Accordingly, Bell is required to continue to distribute ADR at the same rates and on the same terms and conditions as it did before the dispute until the Commission issues a decision on the matter.

In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2015-96, the Commission stated that the standstill rule should not be invoked lightly, nor be relied upon to grant an effective access right.  As a result, this application will be processed expeditiously according to the following deadlines. 

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.


Shirley Ann Farley
Senior Analyst, Alternative Dispute Resolution

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