Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Distribution List

Ottawa, 25 March 2019

Our reference:  1011-NOC2019-0057

BY EMAIL

RE:  Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-57, Review of mobile wireless services – Extension request

Dear Madam, Sir:

The Commission is in receipt of a letter dated 14 March 2019, submitted by Bragg Communications Inc., carrying on business as Eastlink (Eastlink), requesting an extension to the filing deadlines set out in Review of mobile wireless services, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-57 (TNC 2019-57).

Eastlink submitted that an extension is necessary to allow parties sufficient time to provide fulsome comments on the issues set out in TNC 2019-57. Accordingly, it requested that the deadline for interventions be extended from 15 May 2019 to 7 June 2019.

The Commission also received letters from Shaw Communications Inc., Rogers Communications Canada Inc., TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI), and Québecor Média Inc. (Quebecor), Bell Mobility and Ice Wireless Inc. (Ice Wireless), that support Eastlink’s request for similar reasons. Furthermore, Quebecor, TCI and Ice Wireless requested that the deadline for parties to file proposed questions with the Commission be extended from 29 May 2019 to 21 June 2019.  Bell Mobility supported the extension request as well, and asked that an additional week be granted, pushing the intervention deadline to 14 June 2019. It also recommended that if the extension request were to be granted, that other procedural dates be pushed back accordingly, including the dates currently set for requests for information (pushed to 29 July) and second interventions (pushed to 13 November).

Commission staff notes that the Commission has indicated in two separate decisions over the past year that a review of mobile wireless services would be initiated in early 2019 Footnote1 . Commission staff considers that parties therefore have been aware of this review for several months prior to the publication of the Notice of Consultation. At the same time, Commission staff notes that parties have been given more than two months to prepare their initial interventions, which is significantly longer than the typical intervention period. Finally, Commission staff notes that this proceeding includes multiple stages where parties can file information with the Commission. Commission staff considers that any information that could not be produced in time for parties’ initial interventions could be provided as part of their further comments.

Given the above, Commission staff considers that the deadlines established for filing interventions and proposed questions should be maintained. Accordingly, the parties’ requests for extension are denied.

Yours sincerely,
Original signed by:

Philippe Kent
Director, Competition and Emergency Services Policy
Telecommunications Sector


Distribution List

Bell Mobility Inc., bell.regulatory@bell.ca
Bragg Communications Inc. (Eastlink), regulatory.matters@corp.eastlink.ca
Ice Wireless Inc., regulatory@icewireless.ca
Rogers Communications Canada Inc., rwi_gr@rci.rogers.com
Shaw Telecom Inc (Shaw), regulatory@sjrb.ca
TELUS Communications Inc., regulatory.affairs@telus.com
Québecor Média Inc., regaffairs@quebecor.com

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