Telecom Procedural Letter addressed to the Distribution List
Ottawa, 2 December 2020
Our reference: 1011-NOC2020-0178
Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee-Comité pour les Services Sans fil des Sourds du Canada
DWCC et al
RE: Ability for the public to comment while deadlines are suspended for Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2020-178 – Call for comments – Accessibility – Mobile wireless service plans that meet the needs of Canadians with various disabilities
Dear Lisa Anderson:
Thank you for your letter dated 28 October 2020 regarding the status of Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2020-178 – Call for comments – Accessibility – Mobile wireless service plans that meet the needs of Canadians with various disabilities.
Submitting a comment while the proceeding is suspended
Commission staff notes that, when the amendment to this Notice of Consultation was issued suspending the deadlines of this proceeding, a Procedural Letter was issued at the time.
As noted in that Procedural Letter, dated 26 August 2020, parties may still file comments with the Commission in the interim if they so choose using one of the following means:
- by mail to CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2;
- by fax to 819-994-0218; or
- via GC Key.
It also noted that if any member of the public requires any assistance with the procedures associated with filing, they are encouraged to contact the Commission’s Public Hearing Groups at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Commission’s online system indicates that the proceeding is closed, this is due to technical limitations that cannot be overcome at this time.
Commission staff acknowledges that it is inconvenient for the public to not have access to the “Submit” button at this time. Rest assured that once the proceeding is re-opened, it will return to the open proceedings section of our website and that interested parties, including members of the public, will be given time to provide comments using the “Submit” button. Until that time, interested parties can submit comments using the means set out above.
With respect to your inquiry concerning costs, Commission staff notes that eligibility for costs awards and the amount of costs awarded are determined by the Commission upon receipt of an application for costs.
Commission staff does not consider that the suspended deadlines in this proceeding would prevent an intervener from making an application for costs in respect of work relevant to the proceeding and undertaken while deadlines had been suspended.
Any such application would be considered by the Commission upon being filed, in light of all relevant circumstances, and applicable rules and procedures, including whether the total amount of costs claimed has been necessarily and reasonably incurred.
Original signed by
Director, Social and Consumer Policy
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