Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Paul Cowling (Shaw Communications Inc.)

Ottawa, 7 April 2017

Our reference:  8638-S9-201702499


Paul Cowling
Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Shaw Communications Inc.
40 Elgin Street, Suite 1400
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5K6

RE:  Shaw Cablesystems GP – Request to abridge the normal period for answer and reply for its Part 1 Application requesting extension to deadlines set out in Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-496

Dear Mr. Cowling:

On 28 March 2017, Shaw Cablesystems GP (Shaw) filed a Part I Application with the Commission requesting an extension to the deadlines set out in paragraphs 235 and 237 of Telecom Regulatory Policy 2016- 496 – Modern telecommunications services – The path forward for Canada’s digital economy (TPR 2016-496)from the original deadline of 21 June 2017 to 1 September 2017, as well as a subsequent extension to the 21 September 2017 filing deadline to 1 December 2017. In its application, Shaw further requested that the Commission abridge the normal period for answers and reply to this application.

More specifically, Shaw has requested that the timeline for comment be abridged to 10 business days from the date the application is posted on the Commission website, and the timeline for the reply be abridged to 5 business days following the close of the comment period. Shaw submitted that the abridged timelines are necessary in order for the Commission to issue a determination on the Application prior to the deadlines set out in TRP 2016-496. Shaw further commented that no party would be materially impacted by the abridged timelines.

Commission staff is of the view that Shaw was aware of the deadlines set out in TPR 2016-496 since in its publication on 21 December 2016 and therefore had sufficient opportunity to submit its Part I Application to allow sufficient time for the Commission’s standard process. Commission staff is further of the view that the proposed expedited process would not give interested parties a reasonable opportunity to comment on Shaw’s application.

Accordingly, Shaw’s request for an expedited process is denied, and the standard process for Part I Applications with 30 days for interventions and 10 days for reply is maintained.

Yours sincerely,

Nanao Kachi
Social and Consumer Policy
Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy

c.c.:  Meghan Zwiers, CRTC

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