The CRTC on Wednesday said it was awarding the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) almost $20,000 in costs for expenses incurred in three different proceedings, to be covered by various telecommunications companies. One of the awards was $3,948.68 to cover external legal fees in a case where Telus Corp. was seeking clarification on whether the wireless code applied to certain corporate accounts. Telus was ordered to pay for the full amount. Another award was worth $6,344.65 for a combination of internal and external counsel costs related to a CRTC process looking into enhancements to the country's 911 system. Telus, BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. were each assigned to cover about one third of those costs. PIAC was also awarded $9,032.38 in compensation for external legal fees for its involvement in a case where Northwestel Inc., a Bell subsidiary, sought relief from previous decisions that found it inappropriate to charge additional fees for Internet subscribers who don't have phone service and charge difference customers varying prices for the same services. The Wire Report reported earlier this month that PIAC is the top recipient of cost awards from CRTC telecom proceedings so far this year. Including Wednesday's decisions, $252,279.61 in cost awards have been granted by the CRTC this year, of which PIAC has been awarded $84,689.06.