Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Ottawa, 15 June 2018

Our reference: 8663-A182-201800467

BY EMAIL

Mr. John Lawford
Executive Director and General Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
jlawford@piac.ca

Application to disable on-line access to piracy sites - Procedural request – Costs application

The Commission is in receipt of a procedural request, dated 13 June 2018, from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).  PIAC requested that the Commission either grant all intervenors participating in the above-referenced proceeding a two week extension to the deadline for filing of applications for costs or an indication as to whether further process will be established with respect to that proceeding.

PIAC referenced its 16 May 2018 procedural request to have certain evidence tendered by the FairPlay Canada Coalition in its reply comments stricken from the record of the above-referenced proceeding or, in the alternative, the establishment of additional process to provide intervenors with the opportunity to respond to the alleged new evidence.  PIAC noted that in a 12 June 2018 letter responding to this request, Commission staff indicated that the Commission would determine as a latter point the procedural approach that should be adopted with regards to the evidence referenced by PIAC.

PIAC submitted that absent knowledge as to whether further process would be established in the context of the above-reference proceeding left it and other intervenors in the difficult position of either filing a rushed claim for costs or taking the risk that further process will be established after which costs claims could be prepared and submitted.  PIAC expressed the view that its requested extension would not prejudice the applicant.

The Forum for Research and Policy in Communications wrote to support the request for extension of time.

Having regards to the above-referenced circumstances and the absence of any significant prejudice to the parties to the above-reference proceeding that would result from granting the requested extension, Commission staff considers it reasonable that parties be provided with a two week extension to file costs applications.  Consequentially, parties will have until 27 June 2018 to file costs applications with respect to their participation in the above-referenced proceeding.  Commission staff notes that should further process be established, costs applicants will be able to amend their applications to account for any relevant activities resulting from any such process.

Sincerely,

Original signed

Crystal Hulley-Craig
Senior Legal Counsel
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

c.c.: atn@asiantelevision.com; execdir@frpc.net

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