Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Distribution List
Ottawa, 18 November 2016
File number: 8638-T102-201607657
To: Distribution List
Re: TELUS Communications Company’s Part 1 Application, Show cause proceeding for use of deferral account funds to improve access to telecommunication services for persons with disabilities – Response to request for interrogatory process and revised timelines
The Commission received a procedural request filed by the Neil Squire Society (NSS), dated 8 November 2016 requesting that the Commission modify the process set out for the above noted application by adding an additional interrogatory process between parties.
NSS noted that it had asked a number of questions in its intervention to the current process, adding that the answers to these questions will allow all participants to fairly evaluate the proposed initiatives in the application. NSS was of the view that TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) had not fully answered these questions and, as a result, it feels that the addition of a formal interrogatory process is necessary. NSS submitted that the deferral account funds are a finite source of funds and it is important that all initiatives covered by these funds make impactful and meaningful progress for the accessibility of telecommunication services for persons with disabilities.
Commission staff considers that it would be in the public interest to grant NSS’ request. Commission staff therefore invites interested parties who have already participated in the current proceeding to address interrogatories to TELUS according to the revised process set out below.
Commission staff reminds parties that interrogatories must remain in scope of the current proceeding, and must be related to the proposals outlined in TELUS’ current application.
Set out below are the dates for the interrogatory process and the revised dates for TELUS’ reply:
- Parties to the current proceeding may request information in the form of interrogatories. The requesting parties must file requests for information with the Commission and serve the requests on TELUS by 25 November 2016;
- TELUS must file responses to interrogatories with the Commission and serve the responses on the party or parties making the request by 2 December 2016;
- Interested parties and those parties that had already filed an intervention may file comments on TELUS’ responses by 20 December 2016;
- TELUS may file reply comments by 13 January 2017.
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