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Ottawa, 2 July 2008
File No. 8665-C12-200807943
Re: Unresolved issues related to the accessibility of telecommunications and broadcasting services for persons with disabilities, Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-8 and Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2008-8 (Notice 2008-8)
Dear Sir or Madam:
On 26 June 2008, ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) wrote to the Commission to request that the deadline dates for the above-noted proceeding be amended. A number of other groups and individuals sent correspondence to Commission staff to comment on ARCH's request and, in some cases, to make additional requests for extensions of the deadlines set out in Notice 2008-8. The ARCH letter has been posted on the Commission website as have related submissions.
After carefully considering all of the comments, Commission staff considers that an extension to the deadline for the filing of initial comments is appropriate. After considering the impact of amending the deadline for filing comments in the Notice 2008-8 proceeding, Commission staff is of the view that it would be appropriate to amend other deadlines in this proceeding as well. Commission staff therefore establishes the following revised schedule for all parties:
In its letter of 26 June 2008, ARCH recommended that the Commission advise relevant parties and potential parties to this proceeding of the opportunity to apply for interim and final cost awards and the process for doing so. In this regard, Commission staff notes that it is in the process of preparing a guide to assist participation in this proceeding. This guide will be posted on the Commission website shortly.
Commission staff notes that at paragraph 28 of Notice 2008-8, the Commission encouraged participants to monitor the public examination file and the Commission website. This focus on the Commission website is a simplification measure for easing participation in this proceeding, particularly by those who are not experienced in Commission matters, such that they will not be required to serve copies of their documents on all parties. As a result, no other formal distribution mechanism for material resulting from this proceeding is available. However, in noting the specific circumstances that led to ARCH's letter, Commission staff, as an exception, is electronically distributing this letter to those who participated in the consultation referred to at paragraph 15 of Notice 2008-8, those to whom interrogatories were posed, and those who submitted comments on ARCH's request, in addition to posting it on the Commission website.
Finally, Commission staff notes that the home page of the Commission's website has been specifically modified to simplify both monitoring of, and making submissions to, the record of, this proceeding. Accordingly, Commission documents relevant to this proceeding will be available via the Commission website. Hence, Commission staff encourages parties to monitor the website for all related documents, and to submit documents by clicking on one of the links under "Accessibility Proceeding", located on the right side of the Commission home page.
(Original signed by)
c.c. Kathleen Taylor, CRTC 997-1849
Date Modified: 2008-07-02