Telecom Procedural Letter adressed to Mr. Chris Kellett (CRTC Emergency Service (9-1-1) Working Group)
Ottawa, 12 September 2018
Our reference: 8621-C12-01/08
Mr. Chris Kellett, Chair
CRTC Emergency Service (9-1-1) Working Group
Re: Matters related to the implementation of Next-Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) in Canada – Procedural request to extend the deadline to develop the technical specifications and file a report to the Commission with its recommendations for the implementation of RTT-based NG9-1-1 Text Messaging
In Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-182,Footnote1 the Commission requested that the Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG) do the following:
- develop the technical specifications for the implementation of Real-time Text (RTT)Footnote2 -based NG9-1-1 Text Messaging, and
- report its recommendations to the Commission by 31 December 2017.
By way of a letter dated 13 December 2017, the ESWG identified that approval of a vital international RTT standard was delayed and the ESWG was, therefore, requesting an extension of the 31 December 2017 deadline to 16 July 2018. The request was approved by the Commission in December 2017. Footnote3
By way of a letter dated 20 July 2018, the ESWG requested that the 16 July 2018 be further extended to 31 October 2018 and cited the following reasons in support of the request: the approval of the RTT standard was delayed by another three months and a new National Emergency Number Association standard for public safety answering points (PSAPs) is under development, details of which are expected to be made available by late September 2018. ESWG indicated that both standards are vital elements for the pending ESWG report.
The Commission agrees that both standards are vital elements for the pending ESWG report. Further, given that the international RTT standard became available as of 13 July 2018, the ESWG can now proceed with its assessment regarding how PSAPs will handle text messages.
In light of the above, the Commission approves the request to extend the deadline for the ESWG to develop the technical specifications for the implementation of RTT-based NG9-1-1 Text Messaging to 31 October 2018.
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