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Ottawa, 13 January 2009


Reference: 8665-C12-200807943


To:  Joe Clark


Re: Request from Joe Clark for extension of deadline to submit comments - Unresolved issues related to the accessibility of telecommunications and broadcasting services for persons with disabilities, Broadcasting Notices of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-8 and 2008-8-1 and Telecom Public Notices CRTC 2008-8 and 2008-8-1, 10 June 2008 and 24 July 2008 (Public Notice 2008-8)  


Dear Mr. Clark:


This is further to your letter received by the CRTC on 2 January 2009 requesting an extension to the deadline to submit comments in the 2008-8 proceeding.   Your letter notes, among other things, that the validation study on proposed closed captioning standards filed by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters was not available on the CRTC web site.


The Commission notes that the CAB's validation study was published on the CRTC website on 7 January 2009.   However, in order to ensure that parties have sufficient opportunity to comment on the study, the Commission has extended to 19 January 2009 the deadline for c omments on the preliminary report of the CAB closed captioning working groups and comments on the report on the results of the validation exercises .   The deadline for submission of the CAB final report on standards and solutions to closed captioning issues has also been extended one week, to 10 February 2009.  


Yours sincerely,



Robert. A. Morin
Secretary General

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