ARCHIVED - Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada) and Pauline Jessome (Allstream Inc.)
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Ottawa, 20 November 2015
Our references: 8662-B2-201512161 and 8662-A117-201512179
Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Legal Counsel
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2C4
Mrs. Pauline Jessome
Director, Regulatory Allstream
150 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J4
Re: Bell Canada – Request to postpone intervention and reply deadlines to Bell Canada’s Part 1 Application to review and vary certain determinations in Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 (8662-B2-201512161)
Allstream Inc. – Request to postpone intervention and reply deadlines to Allstream’s Part 1 Application to review and vary certain determinations in Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 (8662-A117-201512179)
Dear Sir and Madam:
On 13 November 2015, the Commission received a letter from Bell Canada in which the company requested that the Commission postpone the intervention and reply deadlines for Bell Canada’s Part 1 Application to review and vary certain determinations in Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-326, Review of wholesale wireline services and associated policies (TRP 2015-326).
Bell Canada submitted that since filing its application on 20 October 2015, it had received requests for information related to four separate telecommunications proceedings, all with deadlines in the first week of December 2015.
As a result, it requested that the intervention deadline for the above-noted application be postponed from 23 November 2015 to 4 December 2015 and the reply deadline be postponed from 4 December 2015 to 14 December 2015. Bell Canada submitted that modifying these deadlines would allow it to address intervener comments on its Part 1 application after filing the information related to the other four proceedings, and that no party would be disadvantaged if the company’s request were granted.
On 18 November 2015, the Commission received a letter from OpenMedia in which it submitted that the Commission should dismiss Bell Canada’s request. OpenMedia submitted that Bell Canada has sufficient time and resources to respond by the Commission’s prescribed deadline, and that revising the intervention and reply deadlines has the potential to undermine the integrity of this process and other regulatory matters before the Commission. It also submitted that the deadlines for all the Commission proceedings at issue were known well enough in advance to give Bell Canada ample opportunity to plan ahead and devote resources to its submissions.
On 19 November 2015, the Commission received a letter from Allstream Inc. (Allstream) in which the company i) supported Bell Canada’s extension request, and ii) requested that the Commission approve the same deadline extensions for its own Part 1 application to review and vary TRP 2015-326.
Commission staff notes that deadline extensions for reasons related to workload are regularly made, and that approving these requests in the circumstances of the two applications noted above would not affect the implementation proceeding for disaggregated wholesale high-speed access services nor any other regulatory process before the Commission. It is also noted that Allstream is involved in many of the same proceedings that Bell Canada mentioned above. Commission staff considers that no party would be disadvantaged by Bell Canada’s and Allstream’s requests, as interveners would gain 11 days to prepare and submit their intervention, while Bell Canada and Allstream would still only have the prescribed 10 days to file their reply.
In light of the above, Commission staff considers that the Bell Canada’s and Allstream’s requests to postpone the above-mentioned deadlines are reasonable.
Accordingly, the deadlines associated with Bell Canada’s and Allstream’s applications will be modified as follows:
- Interventions may be filed by 4 December 2015, and
- Reply may be filed by 14 December 2015.
Original signed by Renée Doiron for/
Director, Competition & Emergency Services Policy
Josh Tabish, OpenMedia, email@example.com
Eric Macfarlane, CRTC, 819-997-4389, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvie Labbé, CRTC, 819-953-4945, email@example.com
Distribution list – Participants to proceeding leading to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326:
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