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Ottawa, 13 December 2018

Our reference: 1011-NOC2018-0246


Mr. John Lawford
Executive Director and General Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Re:  Report regarding the retail sales practices of Canada’s large telecommunications carriers, Telecom and Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-246 – Request for extension to file costs application

Dear Mr. Lawford,

On 10 December 2018, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada, the National Pensioners Federation and CARP, collectively the Fair Communications Sales Coalition (FCSC), requested an extension to the timeline set out in section 65 of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure relating to the filing of applications for final costs. Specifically, the FCSC requested an extension of the deadline to 12 December 2018 (two days).

The FCSC submitted that it was unable to file its costs application in a timely manner due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding the FCSC’s lead group, PIAC. According to the FCSC, no proposed costs respondent would be unduly prejudiced by the extension nor would denying the extension be in the public interest.

Having regard for the above and the relatively short extension being requested, we are of the view that the request is reasonable. We note that we have received FCSC’s application for final costs two days past the deadline and confirm that we will be treating the application despite the late filing.

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.


Original signed by

Ricardo Wicker
Legal Counsel

c.c.:     Nanao Kachi;
Scott Shortliffe;

Distribution List

Bell Canada;
Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada;
Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic;
Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind;
Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc.
Cogeco Connexion Inc.;
Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services;;
Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee;;
Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia;
Forum for Research and Policy in Communications;
Northwestel Inc.;
OpenMedia Engagement Network;
Rogers Communications Canada;
Saskatchewan Telecommunications;
Shaw Communications Inc.;
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.;
TELUS Communications Inc.;
Union des consommateurs;
Videotron Ltd.;
Xplornet Communications Inc.;

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