Broadcasting Commission Letter adressed to Christopher J. Edwards (Canadian Communication Systems Alliance) and Agatha Pezzi (TLN Media Group)

Ottawa, 26 July 2019

Our reference: 2019-0252-8

By email

Mr.Christopher J. Edwards
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Communication Systems Alliance
cedwards@ccsa.cable.ca

Ms. Agatha Pezzi
Senior Vice-President
TLN Media Group
agathap@tlntv.com

Re: Resolution of dispute - Final Offer Arbitration (FOA) with respect to Telelatino

Dear Ms. Pezzi and Mr. Edwards:

This is with respect to the application for final offer arbitration (FOA) filed by the Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) on 26 March 2019 regarding the carriage of Telelatino Network Inc. (TLN) discretionary service Telelatino.

The parties reached an agreement via email on 23 July 2019. We would like to congratulate you on arriving at a negotiated solution, noting Commission staff’s efforts in this respect.

The Commission notes that the parties and Commission staff undertook considerable efforts to resolve this dispute. Multiple sessions of mediation, facilitation and negotiation took place both prior to and during the course of the final offer arbitration process. The Commission’s dispute resolution framework prioritizes negotiated settlements. As noted in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin 2019-184, the Commission encourages parties to exhaust all other means to resolve outstanding issues in an efficient and effective manner before applying for the Commission’s formal dispute resolution processes, which include final offer arbitration as a mechanism of last resort.

In light of the above, Commission staff considers the file closed. The staff thanks you for your collaboration in this matter.

Sincerely,

(Original signed by)

Marie-Claire Bouthillier
Senior Analyst, Alternative Dispute Resolution 
Broadcasting

c.c.: Lori Rosenberg, Canadian Communications Systems Alliance, lrosenberg@ccsaonline.ca
Jay Thomson, Canadian Communications Systems Alliance, jthomson@ccsaonline.ca
Aldo DiFelice, TLN Media Group, aldo@tlntv.com

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