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

Ottawa, 3 February 2017

Our Reference: 1011-NOC2016-0293

BY EMAIL

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

Dear Ms. Anderson-Kellett,

The present is in response to your message of 2 February 2017, concerning the online discussion forum being held as part of the Wireless Code Review proceeding.Footnote 1

As noted in Telecom Notice of Consultation 2016-293 (the Notice), this forum is designed to allow the public to engage in a discussion of issues related to the proceeding, including those raised in the Notice and subsequently on the record of the proceeding by parties. The second and final phase of this forum will be hosted on the Commission’s website and take place from 6 to 14 February 2017. The transcript of the online discussion will be incorporated into the record of the proceeding and parties will have the opportunity to comment on it in their final written submissions, due 24 February 2017.

This online forum will allow all interested Canadians, including the Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee (DWCC) and its members, a further opportunity to submit written comments on the record (as the DWCC did during the intervention period of this proceeding), and engage with other forum participants. As noted, the issues that may be discussed in the online forum are already set out, in part, in the Notice, available through the Commission’s website. There is no intention to provide American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) versions of these issues.

In your message, you note that the DWCC may promote the online discussion forum to its members through the use of sign language videos in ASL and LSQ and apply for recovery of its costs in doing so.

The rules that govern applications for costs are set out at sections 65 – 70 of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure.Footnote 2 Further guidance on how the Commission generally applies these rules can be found in the Guidelines for the Assessment of Costs (the Guidelines).Footnote 3 We would note that the Guidelines do not explicitly address the recovery of costs for translation, or similar services. We cannot comment on how the Commission may apply these rules in a particular case before an application has been filed. Generally, applicants are required to demonstrate that any costs claimed have been necessarily and reasonably incurred by the applicant.

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
Nicole Marsh, Secretary, DWCC, nicole@deafwireless.ca
Jeffrey Beatty, Technical Consultant, DWCC, jbby@mac.com

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