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Ottawa, 31 July 2018

Our reference: 1011-NOC2018-0098


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RE: Lower-cost data-only plans for mobile wireless services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98 – Request for extension

Dear Madam, Sir:

On 26 July 2018, the Commission received a letter from Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell Mobility) in which the company requested a one-month extension to the deadlines for all procedural steps set out in Commission staff letter dated 20 July 2018 requesting additional information regarding Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98.Footnote1

Bell Mobility submitted that they have resources constraints due to summer vacations as well as the several regulatory proceedingsFootnote2 and Government initiativesFootnote3 currently underway. Bell Mobility also submitted that the requests for information (RFIs) contain a significant number of questions, that their scope is extremely broad, and that additional time is required to develop thoughtful and fulsome responses. It further submitted that they were not aware of any external requirement for the Commission to issue its decision in Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98 by a specific date, and that no party would be harmed by the requested delay.
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Rogers Communications Canada Inc. supported Bell Mobility’s extension request. They submitted that they are working on the same regulatory proceedings, face similar resources constraints, and that no party would be prejudiced by the requested extension.

Under the circumstances, Commission staff does not consider that an extension would prejudice any parties to the proceeding, and is satisfied that an extension would give parties sufficient time to gather the information requested and to provide more fulsome responses on the record. Therefore, Commission staff considers it appropriate to provide parties with additional time to prepare their answers to the RFIs set out in the 20 July 2018 Commission staff letter and to extend the subsequent deadlines accordingly. As such, the filing dates set out in the 20 July 2018 Commission staff letter are modified as follow:  

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Philippe Kent
Director, Competition and Emergency Services Policy
Telecommunications Sector
c.c.:  Jeremy Lendvay, CRTC, 819- 997-4946,
Sylvie Labbé, CRTC, 819-953-4945,

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