Telecom Procedural Letter addressed to Distribution List

Ottawa, 27 May 2016

File No.: 8640-B2-201604174


To: Distribution list

RE: Bell Canada: Part 1 Application Forbearance of Wireless 9-1-1 Obligations – procedural letter

On 29 April 2016, Bell Canada (Bell) filed an application seeking confirmation from the Commission that, under 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.  Bell also requested, in the event that the Commission disagreed with this interpretation, a change of 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.

By letter dated 13 May 2016, Commission staff sent a letter to Bell agreeing with its interpretation regarding wireless obligations in forborne areas and that fulfilling their E9-1-1 obligations via wireless Phase II E9-1-1 standard is the preferred method of determining a mobile voice subscriber’s location in an emergency situation rather than through the wireline ALI approach. Commission staff also indicated in the letter that Bell’s application was being put on hold pending their decision on whether or not to withdraw the application.

By letter dated 26 May 2016 Bell indicated that given the importance of 9-1-1 for public safety and the fact that it will be developing its 9-1-1 solution based on this opinion, it respectfully requested an official opinion from the Commission and will not be withdrawing its application.

In light of the above, parties have until 27 June 2016 to file an intervention. Bell may file a reply by 7 July 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Sheehan Carter
Acting Director, Competition and Emergency Services Policy
Telecommunications Sector

cc :  Renée Doiron, CRTC,
Joel McGrath, CRTC,

Distribution List:
small ILECs
Proposed CLECs

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