Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Lisa Anderson-Kellet and Nicole Marsh (Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee / Comité pour les services sans fil des Sourds du Canada)

Ottawa, 24 January 2017

Our reference: 1011-NOC2016-0293

BY EMAIL

Lisa Anderson-Kellet, Chair &
Nicole Marsh, Secretary
Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee/
Comité pour les services sans fil des Sourds du Canada
lisa@deafwireless.ca

Dear Ms. Anderson-Kellet and Ms. Marsh,

The present letter concerns your requests for accommodation measures in connection with the Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee (DWCC)’s participation in the upcoming Wireless Code Reviewproceeding, scheduled to begin 6 February 2017.Footnote 1

We acknowledge receipt of your letters of 6 and 21 December 2016.

ASL interpretation and English CART services will be provided for the morning of Thursday, 9 February, thereby encompassing all presentations and questions scheduled for that morning, including the DWCC’s. Further, electronic copies of the hearing transcript will be made available to the DWCC in accessible format each day of the hearing once they come into Commission staff’s possession.

These measures are consistent with the accommodation measures provided in connection with your participation in the ongoing Next Generation 9-1-1 proceeding.Footnote 2 As in that proceeding, the Wireless Code Review hearing does not contain an in-person reply phase. Rather, parties will have the opportunity to file final reply comments in written form by 24 February 2017. Accordingly, parties’ presentations to the hearing panel are primarily intended to allow parties to highlight the positions they have already expressed in previous filings on the record of the proceeding rather than to rebut other parties’ positions. 

Timely access to official transcripts will allow all parties, including the DWCC, as well as members of the general public, to accurately follow what is said at the hearing. Parties will then have 15 calendar days following the end of the hearing to submit final written comments.

These accommodation measures, which are also generally consistent with those that were in place for the proceeding that first led to the creation of the Wireless Code,Footnote 3 will ensure that the DWCC can fairly and effectively participate in all phases of the Wireless Code Review proceeding. We value the DWCC’s contributions to the Commission’s public hearings and look forward to hearing from you at the Wireless Code Review hearing.

Yours Sincerely,

[original signed by]

Adam Balkovec
Legal Counsel
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

c.c.:

Lynda Roy, CRTC, lynda.roy@crtc.gc.ca

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