ARCHIVED - Telecom Comission Letter Addressed to Lisa Anderson-Kellett (Deaf Wireless Canada) and Frank Folino (Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada)

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Ottawa, 17 March 2017

Our reference: 1011-NOC2017-0033


Lisa Anderson-Kellett, Chair
Deaf Wireless Canada
Consultative Committee
251 Bank Street, Suite 606,
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 1X3

Frank Folino, President
Canadian Association of the Deaf-
Association des Sourds du Canada
251 Bank Street, Suite 606,
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 1X3

Re:  Request to conduct a national survey in Review of the regulatory framework for text-based message relay services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2017-33

Dear Ms. Anderson-Kellett and Mr. Folino:

The Commission received a letter from the Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) and Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC) dated 10 March 2017 in connection with the Commission’s current review of the regulatory framework for text-based message relay services (MRS)Footnote1 (the review).  

In the letter, CAS-ASC and DWCC requested Commission permission to conduct a national survey in order to respond to the questions set out in the review.  CAD-ASC and DWCC also provided the following timelines with respect to conducting the survey and intervening in the review:

It is open to the CAD-ASC and DWCC, as well as other parties to this proceeding, to choose the manner in which they wish to undertake the required analysis in order to make submissions to assist the Commission in developing a better understanding of the matters under consideration. Such submissions must follow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure)Footnote2 and the procedure set out in the notice of consultation. Thus, for example, final submissions must address matters within the scope of this proceeding and must not exceed 15 pages.Footnote3

You are encouraged to consult the guidelines set out in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-959, as they provide information to help interested persons and parties understand the Rules of Procedure so that they can more effectively participate in Commission proceedings.

We value your organizations’ contributions to the Commission’s public consultations and look forward to receiving your submissions during the present review of MRS.

If you have any questions with regards to this letter, please contact Bradley Gaudet at

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Nanao Kachi
Director, Social and Consumer Policy
Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy

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