Telecom - Commission letter addressed to Stephen Schmidt (TELUS)
Ottawa, 1 December 2021
Our Reference: 8663-J92-202101369
Vice-President - Telecom Policy & Chief Regulatory Legal Counsel
Telecom Policy & Regulatory Affairs
RE: Part 1 Application (the Application”) by the Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (“ITPA”) regarding the development of retail and wholesale Next-generation 9-1-1 (“NG9-1-1”) rates in the geographic areas covered by SILEC exchanges – Commission staff requests for information (“RFIs”) – Extension Request by TELUS
Dear Stephen Schmidt:
On 19 November 20221, the Commission issued a set of requests for information (RFIs) related to the Part 1 Application by the Independent Telecommunications Providers Association regarding the development of retail and wholesale NG9-1-1 rates in the geographic areas covered by SILEC exchanges. Among other things, the Commission requested that:
- Comprehensive responses to the requests for information (RFI) are to be filed via My CRCT Account , including all rationale and supporting information needed to properly validate the responses provided, by 10 December 2021, serving copies on all other parties;
- Replies to the RFI responses must be filed via My CRTC Account, serving copies on all other parties, by 17 January 2022.
The Commission is in receipt of a letter from TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) dated 24 November 2021 requesting that the Commission grant an extension of one week, until 17 December 2021, for the filing of responses to the above referenced RFIs, contingent upon the ITPA delivering the postal code data requested by TELUS no later than 3 December 2021. Further, TELUS noted that a modest extension of one week, should the ITPA be able to deliver the postal code information on or before December 3, 2021, should not have an impact on the 17 January 2022 deadline for replies to the RFI responses.
Staff considers that access to the postal codes will better enable informed responses to the RFIs and notes that the requested codes were provided by the ITPA in its letter of 26 November 2021. Staff also notes that the extension request is supported by Rogers and Shaw and was not opposed by the ITPA. In light of the fact that the codes were provided prior to the 3 December 2021 date requested by TELUS and the Commission’s interest in receiving informed responses to its RFIs, staff considers it appropriate to grant the request an extension of one week, until 17 December 2021 for the filing of responses by the WSPs to the RFIs.
However, having regard to the revised RFI response deadline’s proximity to the holiday season, staff considers it appropriate that the deadline for replies to the RFI responses should also be extended by one week to 24 January 2022.
Staff reminds all participants in this proceeding that copies of replies and responses to replies are to be served on all other parties.
Finally, staff notes with concern that certain parties used the opportunity provided by the process generated by TELUS’ 24 November 2021 letter to make submissions unrelated to the underlying procedural request. The assessment of submissions made in response to TELUS’ letter has been confined to consideration of whether to grant TELUS’ procedural request.
Original signed by Étienne Robelin for
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
c.c.: Étienne Robelin, CRTC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel McGrath, CRTC, email@example.com
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Jonathan L. Holmes, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Bell Canada and Bell Mobility Inc., Philippe Gauvin, Assistant General Counsel email@example.com
Quebecor Média inc., Dennis Béland, Vice-president, Regulatory Affairs, Telecommunications firstname.lastname@example.org
Rogers Communications Canada Inc., Howard Slawner, Vice President – Regulatory, Telecom email@example.com
Shaw Communications Inc., Regulatory Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org
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