Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-236
Ottawa, 11 July 2018
Public record: 1011-NOC2018-0236
Establishment of a CISC ad hoc committee for relief planning for area codes 306 and 639 in Saskatchewan
The Commission announces the establishment of a CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee ad hoc relief planning committee (RPC) to examine options and make recommendations for providing numbering relief to area codes 306 and 639 covering the province of Saskatchewan. The Commission invites members of the public and telecommunications service providers to participate in the RPC’s activities.
- On 1 March 2018, the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) advised the Commission that, based on the results of the latest numbering resource utilization forecast (NRUF),Footnote 1 area codes 306 and 639 are projected to exhaust by June 2022. These area codes cover the province of Saskatchewan. The area code map is available on the CNA website.
- In Telecom Decision 2010-784,Footnote 2 the Commission set aside area code 474 for future relief in Saskatchewan.
- The Commission-approved Canadian NPA [Numbering Plan Area] Relief Planning Guideline (the Guideline)Footnote 3 provides the framework for addressing area code exhaust in Canada. The Guideline establishes a step-by-step process to be followed by the CNA and relief planning committees (RPCs). The Guideline requires relief planning activities to begin if an area code is projected to exhaust within the next 72 months.
- The telecommunications industry conducts area code relief planning in a public manner through an ad hoc RPC under the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC). Part of the role of an RPC is to encourage public awareness and participation in the RPC’s activities.
RPC for area codes 306 and 639
- With this notice, the Commission establishes the ad hoc RPC for area codes 306 and 639 (the 306/639 RPC) under CISC and directs the CNA to chair this committee.
- The scope of the 306/639 RPC’s relief planning activities is limited to the consideration of solutions for introducing new numbering resources within the area currently served by area codes 306 and 639. Since area code relief planning does not affect local or long distance calling patterns or rates, these issues are outside the scope of the 306/639 RPC’s relief planning activities.
- In rendering its decision on the relief measures to be adopted, the Commission will consider all relief options identified and recommendations made by the 306/639 RPC.
- The Commission notes that the 306/639 RPC may contemplate relief measures that would require some customers to change their telephone numbers. The Commission therefore encourages members of the public to participate in the 306/639 RPC’s activities.
- The CNA is to announce the location and time of the 306/639 RPC’s meetings and is to make all related documentation available on its website at www.cnac.ca. Members of the public who wish to participate in the 306/639 RPC’s activities may also reach the CNA by telephone at 613-563-7242.
- All information that parties provide to the Commission 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 includes all personal information, such as full names, email addresses, postal/street addresses, and telephone and facsimile numbers.
- The personal information provided to the Commission 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 posted 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 provided 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 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
- Documents related to this public process are available at the following address, upon request, during normal business hours.
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage
Toll-free telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782
- CISC Canadian Steering Committee on Numbering – Consensus report CNRE106A, Telecom Decision CRTC 2014-603, 20 November 2014
- CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee consensus item – Reservation of area codes for future area code relief, Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-784, 22 October 2010
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