Telecom Procedural Letter addressed to the Distribution list

Ottawa, 12 August 2019

Our reference:  8638-B2-201905879

BY EMAIL

Distribution list

RE:   Part 1 Application by Bell Canada to allow Bell Canada and its affiliates to temporarily block certain potential verified fraudulent and scam voice calls on trial basis File No. 8638-B2-201905879– Procedural Requests

Dear Sirs:

By letter dated 1 August 2019, copied on CLECs, ILECs, SILECs, Other Carriers and Wireless Carriers, Bell Canada requested an extension to the reply deadline in the above-named proceeding. Bell Canada cited the following reasons for its request:

  1. Due to previously scheduled vacation, Bell Canada’s subject matter expert is unavailable during the period allocated to prepare and file the reply. 
  2. Bell Canada had anticipated filing this Part 1 application sooner, however, a number of un-anticipated matters arose related to other Commission’s proceedings. These delayed the filing of Bell Canada’s reply.

Bell Canada requested that the Commission extend the period for its reply to interventions, from 9 September to 25 September 2019 to allow its subject matter expert time to review and respond to any potential interventions.

By letter filed on 5 August 2019, Mr. Marc Nanni requested an extension to 11 September 2019 for the intervention deadline, disclosure of certain information filed in confidence by Bell Canada and production of certain documents.

By letter dated 8 August 2019 Dr. Fenwick McKelvey requested that the Commission permit interveners to submit requests for information in respect of Bell Canada’s application.

Mr. Marc Nanni and Me. Mark Phillips each filed letters, dated 8 August 2019, in support of Dr. Fenwick McKelvey’s request.

Pursuant to Rule 27 of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules), the procedural deadlines in respect of the application in question, filed on 24 July 2019, are as follows: (i) the 30-day deadline for interventions is 28 August 2019 and (ii) the 10-day deadline for filing a reply is 9 September 2019.

Commission staff considers that, in the circumstances, extensions to the intervention and reply deadlines are appropriate. In staff’s view, extending the period of time from 10 to 26 days for Bell Canada to file its reply, while maintaining the existing 30 days for interested parties to file interventions would not be appropriate. Staff considers that both the intervention and reply deadlines should be extended in an equitable fashion in fairness to all parties. In addition, an extension to the intervention deadline is appropriate to ensure that interested parties other than those who originally received copies of Bell Canada’s application have an adequate opportunity to participate. 

With regard to the request made by Dr. McKelvey and supported by Mr Nanni and Me Phillips, Commission staff considers that permitting interveners to address requests for information to Bell Canada is not required in the public interest in the circumstances of this process; however, Commission staff intends to address interrogatories to Bell Canada to ensure that the Commission is able to reach a full and satisfactory understanding of the application.

In light of all of the foregoing,

Sincerely,
Original signed by
Steven Harroun
Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer, CRTC

cc.

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Assistant General Counsel
Bell Canada
Floor 19, 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2C4
bell.regulatory@bell.ca

Mr. Marc Nanni
6, Monaco
Gatineau, Quebec, J8T 4L9
m_nanni@hushmail.com

Dr. Fenwick McKelvey
7141 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6
fenwick.mckelvey@concordia.ca

Me. Mark Phillips
4104, rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, Québec, H2W 2M5
avocat@markphillips.ca

Interested parties to CETNOC 2017-405, 2017-405-1 and other providers of voice telecommunication service

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