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Ottawa, 7 April 2015

File No: 8665-B38-201306829

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

By email:

Re: Request for extension for date of filing of Bell’s Annual Deferral Account Report, pursuant to Decision 2014-527 (the Bell Deferral Account Decision).

Dear Mr. Abbott:

On the 30 March 2015, Bell wrote to the Commission to request an extension of the date for filing its 2015 Annual Report for Accessibility Initiatives from 31 March 2015 to 8 April 2015, citing the “unavailability of certain critical resources” needed to complete the report by the due date.

In the Bell Deferral Account Decision, the Commission directed Bell to file annual reports in respect of the approved accessibility initiatives and other matters by 31 March of each year, beginning in 2015. In addition, the Commission stated that it expected Bell’s deferral account funds to be fully utilized in the period ending in 2019.

Staff notes that the Commission approved funds in the Bell Deferral Account Decision for the salaries of a Product Manager and Project Manager for Bell’s Lifecycle Management initiative. Staff also notes that Bell indicated in a letter dated 3 March 2015 that its Lifecycle Management initiative had started as of October 2014.

Given that nearly five months have passed since the decision was issued and since Bell indicated that the requisite resources for lifecycle management are in place, it is not clear to staff why “critical resources” are unavailable.

Accordingly, Bell is requested to provide details that justify the “unavailability of critical resources” that affect its ability to comply with the filing date of 31 March 2015 for its annual report as directed by the Commission in the Bell Deferral Account Decision. Bell’s response is to be filed 14 April 2015

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by /

Nanao Kachi
Director, Social and Consumer Policy
Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy


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