Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Dean Proctor and Leonard D. Eichel (SSi Micro Ltd. and Cogeco Communications Inc.)
Ottawa, 8 August 2018
Our reference: 1011-NOC2018-0098
Mr. Dean Proctor
Chief Development Officer
SSi Micro Ltd.
356B Old Airport Road
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Mr. Leonard D. Eichel
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Telecommunications
Cogeco Communications Inc.
5 Place Ville Marie, Office 1700
RE: Lower-cost data-only plans for mobile wireless services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98 – Procedural requests
On 1 and 3 August 2018, the Commission received letters from SSi Micro Ltd. (SSi Micro) and Cogeco Communications Inc. (Cogeco), respectively, in which the companies requested to be added as parties to the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98.Footnote1
SSi Micro and Cogeco submitted that the requests for information (RFIs) issued by Commission staff on 20 July 2018 raised, among other things, issues regarding the competitive nature of the market for retail mobile wireless services and the potential implications of a change in the Commission’s regulatory approach that could affect them. No parties to the proceeding commented on these requests.
Commission staff notes that while the intervention period of Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98 ended on 13 June 2018, the RFI process initiated by the 20 July 2018 Commission staff letter is currently underway. Commission staff considers that adding SSi Micro and Cogeco as parties to the proceeding by allowing them to participate in the RFI process would not prejudice any parties to the proceeding and would permit the development of a more fulsome record.
As such, Commission staff considers it appropriate to allow these companies to become parties to the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-98, subject to the parameters set out below.
SSi Micro and Cogeco are invited to provide answers to the following RFIs:
- Question 101; and
- Questions 201 and 205 that were directed to Shaw, Videotron, Eastlink, SaskTel, and Ice Wireless.
SSi Micro is also invited to provide answers to questions 202, 203, and 204 that were directed to Shaw, Videotron, Eastlink, SaskTel, and Ice Wireless.
Alternatively, SSi Micro and Cogeco could chose to limit their participation in this proceeding by providing their comments on the responses to the requests for information.
As indicated by Commission staff in its letter of 20 July 2018, any comments or reply comments filed as part of this RFI process should be limited to the contents and matters raised in the responses to the RFIs, and should not introduce new evidence or directly address evidence that was previously submitted.
Pursuant to the 31 July 2018 Commission staff letter, the filing dates set out for the RFI process are as follow:
- Parties are to file responses to applicable questions by 10 September 2018;
- Any requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential are to be filed by 17 September 2018. Responses to these requests are to be filed by 20 September 2018, and replies to these responses, by 24 September 2018;
- Any party may file comments on the responses to the requests for information by 9 October 2018; and
- Any party that filed responses to requests for information may file reply comments by 23 October 2018.
Given that SSi Micro and Cogeco are only to provide responses to certain RFIs, as set out above, they are to adhere to these existing timelines.
Original signed by
Director, Competition and Emergency Services Policy
c.c.: Jeremy Lendvay, CRTC, 819- 997-4946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvie Labbé, CRTC, 819-953-4945, email@example.com
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