Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 13 May 2016

Our reference:8640-B2-201604174


Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Bell Canada
Senior Legal Counsel
Floor 19
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4

Re: Part 1 application – Forbearance of wireless 9-1-1 obligations

Dear Sir:

On 29 April 2016, Bell Canada filed a part 1 application seeking confirmation that, under the Commission’s current policies, when an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) provides primary exchange service (PES) over a mobile wireless network, it can fulfill its Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) obligations by complying with the wireless Phase II E9-1-1 obligations.

In the event that the Commission disagreed with this interpretation, Bell requested that the Commission change the policy to allow ILECs providing PES using wireless networks to fulfill their E9-1-1 obligations via the wireless Phase II E9-1-1 standard rather than through the wireline Automatic Location Identification (ALI) approach.

Commission staff agrees with Bell’s interpretation regarding wireless 9-1-1 obligations in forborne areas.  The timely provision of accurate location information is critical to ensure that emergency responders are dispatched to the location of an emergency as quickly as possible.  In the case that PES services are provided over a mobile wireless network, we agree that wireless tracking technologies are the preferred method of determining a mobile voice subscriber’s location in an emergency situation. 

In light of this staff opinion, the above-noted part 1 application filed with the Commission is put on hold pending Bell’s decision on whether or not to withdraw the application.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Chris Seidl
Executive Director
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: ILECs, small ILECs, CLECs, Proposed CLECs and WSPs

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