ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Commission Letter Addressed to Mrs. Monica L. Auer, M.A., LL.M. (Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC))
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Ottawa, 15 January 2018
Our file number: 2017-359-2
Mrs. Monica L. Auer, M.A., LL.M.
Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC)
Re: Clarifications concerning Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models – Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359-2
Dear Mrs. Auer:
This is in response to the letter you sent to the Commission on 13 December 2017 in relation to the above-noted proceeding. In that letter, you requested an extension to file submissions in the proceeding’s second phase. The Commission addressed that request on 20 December 2017, in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2017-359-3, in which it extended the deadline to 13 February 2018. In addition to an extension of time, you requested certain clarifications, namely whether the Commission will:
- disclose the questions it will use in its survey and focus group research and, if so, when; and, if not, whether it will extend the reply period by at least five weeks from the date on which they are released;
- establish a third phase in this proceeding to permit parties to respond to those filing comments for the first time and to those filing new evidence in the proceeding’s second phase;
- hold a public hearing on this matter and, if so, the date the hearing will be announced; and
- give all parties an opportunity for final reply; or
- issue more questions related to the Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2017-359 process (NOC 2017-359) and, if so, when they will be made public.
Unlike proceedings that result in a Commission decision, this proceeding arises under section 15 of the Broadcasting Act, and will result in a report to the Governor in Council. The Commission’s objective in this process is to solicit the views of interested parties on the issues raised in Order in Council (OIC) P.C. 2017-1195 and NOC 2017-359, as well as to obtain evidence and research supporting these views so as to better understand the impact that future programming distribution models will have on Canadians and on the Canadian market.
The Commission has established this process in light of both the nature of the proceeding and the fact that it must act expeditiously to submit its report by 1 June 2018, as required by the OIC.
Therefore, in response to your letter, the Commission is providing the following clarifications:
- The survey commissioned as part of this process will be available online as of 4 January 2018.
- The Commission will not undertake additional phases to seek further information or additional comments in this proceeding.
- The Commission does not intend to hold an oral hearing in this process.
- The Commission will not implement a final reply period.
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