Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Distribution List

Ottawa, 15 July 2016

VIA E-MAIL

Distribution List

Dear Sir / Madam,

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-197 – Notice of hearing

In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2016-197, the Commission announced that it would hold a public hearing commencing on 7 September 2016 to consider the licence renewal applications of the terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) whose licences are expiring on 30 November 2016 and to review the practices of all BDU licensees in regard to the small basic service and flexible packaging requirements.

As indicated in this notice, the scope of the hearing will be limited to the following issues:

However, during the oral phase of the hearing, the Commission will focus its questioning on the following issues:

In a separate letter also issued today, the Commission has indicated that it is calling to the appearing portion of the hearing:

The Consumers’ Association of Canada and Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Union des consommateurs and Mr. Mohammed Vepari are being invited to appear.

Therefore, the present letter is to inform you that you should be prepared to discuss your company’s plans to make available discretionary services on a stand-alone basis and in small packages, (e.g., the retail rates for each package of services or stand-alone offerings, including any possible discounts that would apply; any terms, costs, limitations and/or conditions that would apply to the purchase of discretionary services by subscribers; and how consumers will be made aware of these offerings). If already in place, you may be asked to elaborate on whether any changes to your offerings are being considered.

Parties may not address any other issues in their presentations. The Commission will consider any other substantive issues (e.g., compliance issues) at the next licence renewal (i.e., in 2017 or later, based on your company’s licence expiry date) and interested persons will have an opportunity to comment at the appropriate time.

A copy of this letter will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

Danielle May-Cuconato
Secretary General

Distribution list:

Kevin Goldstein
Vice-President - Regulatory Affairs, Content and Distribution, Bell
kevin.goldstein@bellmedia.ca

Peggy Tabet
Senior Director - Regulatory Affairs, Broadcasting, Quebecor Media
peggy.tabet@quebecor.com

Pamela Dinsmore
Vice-President - Cable-Regulatory, Rogers Communications
pam.dinsmore@rci.rogers.com

Dean Shaikh
Vice-President - Regulatory Affairs, Shaw Communications
dean.shaikh@sjrb.ca

c.c. alau@piac.ca; slambert-racine@uniondesconsommateurs.ca; autismm56@gmail.com

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