Telecom Commission Letter addressed to M. Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 13 January 2020

Our reference: 1011-NOC2019-0406


M. Philippe Gauvin
Assistant General Counsel
Bell Canada
160, Elgin street, Floor 19
Ottawa (Ontario) K2P 2C4

RE: Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-406, Call for comments regarding potential barriers to the deployment of broadband-capable networks in underserved areas in Canada – Procedural request from Bell Canada

Mr. Gauvin,

On 12 December 2019, the Commission received a letter from SSi Micro Ltd (SSi Micro) in the above-captioned file requesting a 90-day extension to the deadline for filing initial interventions, as well as to all subsequent procedural dates. This request was granted by the Commission in Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-406-1.

In its intervention supporting SSi Micro’s request, Bell Canada expressed concerns over the short period for the reply interventions given the potential size and complexity of the record, and therefore requested that the reply intervention period be increased to eight weeks.

In Telecom Notices of Consultation CRTC 2019-406 and CRTC 2019-406-1, the Commission stated that a further process will be announced at a future date, which will include the dates by which parties are to file final submissions and final replies. The amount of submissions received will be a determining factor when the Commission establishes deadlines for the final submissions and final replies.

In light of the above, staff considers that the additional extension as requested by Bell Canada is not necessary. All parties may file replies to interventions with the Commission by 11 May 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Philippe Kent
Director, Policy
Telecommunication sector

c. c.  Distribution list as per CRTC letter of 11 December 2019   
Danny Moreau, CRTC,  

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