Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-541-1

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Additional reference: 2014-541 and 2014-541-2

Ottawa, 27 October 2014

Notice of hearing

8 January 2015
Gatineau, Quebec

Addition of 7 applications

Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 20 November 2014

[Submit an intervention/comment/answer or view related documents]

Further to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-541, the Commission announces the addition of the following applications, which it intends to consider without the appearance of the parties, subject to interventions:

Item 7

2251723 Ontario Inc.
Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John and their surrounding areas, New Brunswick; Halifax and its surrounding areas, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s and its surrounding areas, Newfoundland and Labrador
Application 2013-1754-5

Application by 2251723 Ontario Inc. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings to serve the above-noted locations.

The applicant is requesting the following condition of licence:

The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service, WBZ-TV (CBS), WHDH-TV (NBC), WCVB-TV (ABC), WFXT-TV (FOX) and WGBH-TV (PBS) Boston, Massachusetts, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the approved first set of U.S. 4+1 signals and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 13 May 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-102) but was withdrawn and subsequently rescheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383). This application was also withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission will consider the interventions and replies already accepted and filed on the public record for the 13 May 2014 and 25 September 2014 public hearings, as well as other interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

5255 Yonge Street
Suite 1210
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6P4
Fax: 1-800-939-2808
Email: george.burger@vmedia.ca
Email to request electronic version of application: george.burger@vmedia.ca

Item 8

2251723 Ontario Inc.
Gatineau, Montréal, Québec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and their surrounding areas, Quebec
Application 2013-1756-1

Application by 2251723 Ontario Inc. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings to serve the above-noted locations.

For Montréal, Québec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and their surrounding areas, the applicant is requesting the following condition of licence:

The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service, WCAX-TV (CBS) Burlington, Vermont; WPTZ-TV (NBC) Plattsburgh, New York; WVNY-TV (ABC) and WFFF-TV (FOX) Burlington, Vermont; and WETK-TV (PBS) Colchester, Vermont, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

For Gatineau and its surrounding areas, the applicant is requesting the following condition of licence:

The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service, WIVB-TV (CBS), WGRZ-TV (NBC), WKBW-TV (ABC), WUTV-TV (FOX) and WNED-TV (PBS) Buffalo, New York, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 13 May 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-102) but was withdrawn and subsequently rescheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383). This application was also withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission will consider the interventions and replies already accepted and filed on the public record for the 13 May 2014 and 25 September 2014 public hearings, as well as other interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

5255 Yonge Street
Suite 1210
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6P4
Fax: 1-800-939-2808
Email: george.burger@vmedia.ca
Email to request electronic version of application: george.burger@vmedia.ca

Item 9

768812 Ontario Inc.
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Application 2014-0240-4

Application by 768812 Ontario Inc. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate a terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertaking to serve the above-noted location.

The applicant is requesting the following condition of licence:

The licensee is authorized to distribute, as part of the basic service, WIVB-TV (CBS), WGRZ-TV (NBC), WKBW-TV (ABC), WUTV-TV (FOX), and WNED-TV (PBS) Buffalo, New York, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included on the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383) but was withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application in the context of the 25 September 2014 public hearing. The Commission will consider interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

128 Larch Street
Suite 502
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 5J8
Fax: 705-675-0404
Email: regulatory@vianet.ca
Email to request electronic version of application: regulatory@vianet.ca

Item 10

AEBC Internet Corp.
Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, St. Albert, Fort McMurray, Airdrie, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Grande Prairie, Stony Plain, Leduc, Sylvan Lake, Chestermere, Strathmore, Beaumont and their surrounding areas, Alberta
Application 2014-0344-3

Application by AEBC Internet Corp. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings to serve the above-noted locations.

The applicant is requesting the following condition of licence:

The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, and as part of the basic service, KREM-TV (CBS), KHQ-TV (NBC), KXLY-TV (ABC), KAYU-TV (FOX) and KSPS-TV (PBS) Spokane, Washington, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383) but was withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application in the context of the 25 September 2014 public hearing. The Commission will consider interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

B11-970 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 2R4
Fax: 604-628-0747
Email: accounts@aebc.com
Website to view application: www.aebc.com

Item 11

2251723 Ontario Inc.
Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Leduc, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Spruce Grove and their surrounding areas, Alberta; Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Yorktonand and their surrounding areas, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg and its surrounding areas, Manitoba
Application 2013-1753-7

Application by 2251723 Ontario Inc. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings to serve the above-noted locations.

For Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Leduc, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Spruce Grove and their surrounding areas, Alberta; and Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and their surrounding areas, Saskatchewan, the applicant is requesting the following conditions of licence:

  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service, KIRO-TV (CBS), KING-TV (NBC), KOMO-TV (ABC), KCPQ-TV (FOX) and KCTS-TV (PBS) Seattle, Washington, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the discretionary service, KVOS-TV (Me TV) Bellingham, Washington.

For Winnipeg and its surrounding areas, the applicant is requesting the following conditions of licence:

  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service, WCCO-TV (CBS) and KARE-TV (NBC) Minneapolis, Minnesota; WDAZ-TV (ABC) Grand Forks, North Dakota; KMSP-TV (FOX) Minneapolis, Minnesota; and KFME-TV (PBS) Fargo, North Dakota, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the discretionary service, KVOS-TV (Me TV) Bellingham, Washington.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 13 May 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-102) but was withdrawn and subsequently rescheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383). This application was also withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission will consider the interventions and replies already accepted and filed on the public record for the 13 May 2014 and 25 September 2014 public hearings, as well as other interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

5255 Yonge Street
Suite 1210
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6P4
Fax: 1-800-939-2808
Email: george.burger@vmedia.ca
Email to request electronic version of application: george.burger@vmedia.ca

Item 12

2251723 Ontario Inc.
Abbotsford, Greater Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Victoria and their surrounding areas, British Columbia
Application 2013-1755-3

Application by 2251723 Ontario Inc. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings to serve the above-noted locations.

The applicant is requesting the following conditions of licence:

  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the basic service, KIRO-TV (CBS), KING-TV (NBC), KOMO-TV (ABC), KCPQ-TV (FOX) and KCTS-TV (PBS) Seattle, Washington, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, as part of the discretionary service, KVOS-TV (Me TV) Bellingham, Washington.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 13 May 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-102) but was withdrawn and subsequently rescheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383). This application was also withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission will consider the interventions and replies already accepted and filed on the public record for the 13 May 2014 and 25 September 2014 public hearings, as well as other interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

5255 Yonge Street
Suite 1210
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6P4
Fax: 1-800-939-2808
Email: george.burger@vmedia.ca
Email to request electronic version of application: george.burger@vmedia.ca

Item 13

AEBC Internet Corp.
Greater Victoria, Okanagan Valley, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Courtenay, Duncan, Whistler, Powel River and their surrounding areas, British Columbia
Application 2014-0345-1

Application by AEBC Internet Corp. for a regional broadcasting licence to operate terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings to serve the above-noted locations.

The applicant is requesting the following conditions of licence:

  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, and as part of the basic service, KIRO-TV (CBS), KING-TV (NBC), KOMO-TV (ABC), KCPQ-TV FOX) and KCTS-TV (PBS) Seattle, Washington, or alternatively for each signal, the signal of a different affiliate of the same network located in the same time zone as that of the licensed area and included in the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
  • The licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, KVOS-TV (Me TV) Bellingham and KSTW (IND) Tacoma/Seattle, Washington, as part of its basic service.

This application was first scheduled to be heard at a hearing held on 25 September 2014 (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383) but was withdrawn from that hearing in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-383-1.

The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding with this application in the context of the 25 September 2014 public hearing. The Commission will consider interventions received in the context of this hearing.

Applicant’s address:

B11-970 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 2R4
Fax: 604-628-0747
Email: accounts@aebc.com
Website to view application: www.aebc.com

Procedure

Deadline for interventions, comments or answers

20 November 2014

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure) apply to the present proceeding. The Rules of Procedure set out, among other things, the rules for content, format, filing and service of interventions, replies, answers of respondents and requests for information; the procedure for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure; and the conduct of public hearings. Accordingly, the procedure set out below must be read in conjunction with the Rules of Procedure and its accompanying documents, which can be found on the Commission’s website under “Statutes and Regulations.” Guidelines on the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-959, 23 December 2010, provides information to help interested persons and parties understand the Rules of Procedure so that they can more effectively participate in Commission proceedings.

An intervention or an answer from a respondent must be filed with the Commission and served on the applicant on or before the above-mentioned date. An answer from a respondent must also be served on any other respondent.

Interventions and answers must clearly identify the application referred to and indicate whether parties support or oppose the application, or, if they propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds for their proposal.

Parties are permitted to coordinate, organize, and file, in a single submission, interventions by other interested persons who share their position. Information on how to file this type of submission, known as a joint supporting intervention, as well as a template for the covering letter to be filed by the parties, can be found in Changes to certain practices for filing interventions - Expansion of filing practices to include the filing of joint supporting comments for broadcasting policy proceedings, Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-28-1, 10 December 2010.

The Commission encourages interested persons and parties to monitor the record of the proceeding, available on the Commission’s website, for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their submissions.

Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary. Each paragraph of all submissions should be numbered, and the line ***End of document*** should follow the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission.

Submissions must be filed by sending them to the Secretary General of the Commission using only one of the following means:

by completing the
[Intervention/comment/answer form]

or

by mail to
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2

or

by fax at
819-994-0218

A true copy of each intervention or answer from a respondent must be sent to the applicant and, in the case of a respondent to an application, to any other respondent.

Parties who send documents electronically must ensure that they will be able to prove, upon Commission request, that service/filing of a particular document was completed. Accordingly, parties must keep proof of the sending and receipt of each document for 180 days after the date on which the document is filed. The Commission advises parties who file and serve documents by electronic means to exercise caution when using email for the service of documents, as it may be difficult to establish that service has occurred.

In accordance with the Rules of Procedure, a document must be received by the Commission and all relevant parties by 5 p.m. Vancouver time (8 p.m. Ottawa time) on the date it is due. Parties are responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of their submissions and will not be notified if their submissions are received after the deadline. Late submissions, including those due to postal delays, will not be considered by the Commission and will not be made part of the public record.

The Commission will not formally acknowledge submissions. It will, however, fully consider all submissions, which will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedure for filing set out above has been followed.

In the event that the an application to be considered during the non-appearing phase of the hearing is brought to an oral phase of the hearing, and if parties wish to appear, they must provide reasons why their written interventions or answers are not sufficient and why an appearance is necessary. Parties requiring communication support must state their request on the first page of their intervention. Only those parties whose requests to appear have been granted will be contacted by the Commission and invited to appear at the public hearing.

Persons requiring communications support such as assistance listening devices and sign language interpretation are requested to inform the Commission at least twenty (20) days before the commencement of the public hearing so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Important notice

All information that parties provide as part of this public process, except information designated confidential, whether sent by postal mail, facsimile, email or through the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca, becomes part of a publicly accessible file and will be posted on the Commission’s website. This information includes personal information, such as full names, email addresses, postal/street addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers, etc.

The personal information that parties provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the Commission, or for a use consistent with that purpose.

Documents received electronically or otherwise will be put on the Commission’s website in their entirety exactly as received, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.

The information that parties provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the web page of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of the Commission’s website with the help of either its own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information that was provided as part of this public process.

Availability of documents

Electronic versions of the applications are available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by selecting the application number within this notice. They are also available from the applicants, either on their websites or upon request by contacting the applicants at their email addresses, provided above.

Electronic versions of the interventions and answers, as well as of other documents referred to in this notice, are available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by visiting the “Participate” section, selecting “Submit Ideas and Comments,” and then selecting “our open processes.” Documents can then be accessed by clicking on the links in the “Subject” and “Related Documents” columns associated with this particular notice.

Documents are also available from Commission offices, upon request, during normal business hours.

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