Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Nathalie Dorval (Cogeco Communications)

Ottawa, 9 May 2018

File Number: 2017-0520-4

BY E-MAIL

Mme Nathalie Dorval
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs and Copyright
Cogeco Communications
5, Place Ville Marie, Office 1700
Montréal (Québec) H3B 0B3
nathalie.dorval@cogeco.com

Re: Cogeco’s request to further delay deadline to implement part of the Television Service Provider Code

Dear Ms Dorval,

This letter is in response to your correspondence, dated 29 March 2018, seeking to amend Cogeco’s condition of licence in order to postpone Cogeco’s deadline to implement part of the Television Service Provider Code. The purpose of this letter is to direct you to file this request as a Part 1 application.

For context, on 21 June 2017, Cogeco submitted a part 1 application asking the Commission to “defer the coming into force of certain regulatory requirements arising from the implementation of the Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-1Footnote1 – The Television Service Provider Code (The Code)”.

In Decision CRTC 2017-387Footnote2, dated 27 October 2017, the Commission approved the request to defer Cogeco’s requirement to implement provisions 4.b, 4.e, and 4.f of section VII of the Code and provision 1 of section IX of the Code until 31 March 2018. In its decision, the Commission directed Cogeco to file by 31 March 2018 confirmation that Cogeco is in compliance with all of the Code’s provisions.

In your letter, dated 29 March 2018, you submitted that Cogeco is now in compliance with provisions 4.b, 4.e, and 4.f of section VII of the Code but not with provision 1 of section IX of the Code. In this letter, you once more requested that the Commission amend Cogeco’s condition of licence relating to provision 1 of section IX of the Code.

Specifically, Cogeco is requesting an extension to 31 August 2018 to implement this provision of the Code.

As you did previously when you requested a deferral, staff is in the view that potentially interested parties should have a chance to comment on this new request. Thus, pursuant to paragraph 22 (1) b) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure), we ask that you submit a new Part 1 Application regarding this specific request.

Sincerely,

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

c.c.: Celia Millay

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