Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Distribution list
Our reference: 8662-A197-201811216
Ottawa, 18 January 2019
Dear Sir or Madam:
Subject: Part 1 Application Requesting that the Commission Amend Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-91 – Request for Information from Wireless Service Providers
This is in reference to the Part 1 application to amend Implementation of the National Public Alerting System by wireless service providers to protect Canadians, Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-91 in regards to Wireless Public Alerting (WPA) wherein the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM or “the applicant”) requests that the Commission mandate that:
A minimum of one and a maximum of two wireless public alerting (WPA) visible public awareness test messages be issued per year, with one of those two visible tests taking place during Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week in May, and a second taking place in November.
For the purposes of completing the public record of this proceeding regarding, you are required to provide the information/document(s) set out below on the public record by 28 January 2019. Please repeat each question in your response.
WPA public awareness and education
In Telecom Decision 2018-85, the Commission approved the CISC consensus report in regards to the creation of a WPA awareness and education campaign. In that decision, the Commission indicated that WSPs are expected, for the first two years of WPA implementation, to:
- send a minimum of one text message per year to their LTE customers in regions where WPA test messages are being issued, and
- provide all resources related to sending out these text messages and ensure that the content of the messages is consistent among WSPs.
In its application, SOREM states that Canadians will need to be well informed of a change to the public awareness test policy that could result in a second visible WPA test. The applicant is of the view that the significant consumer and media interest generated by the May 2018 test demonstrated the newsworthiness of public alerting in Canada, and that such media coverage could be leveraged to create awareness of the changes to the schedule, if approved.
- Comment on the appropriateness of extending the current regulatory mechanisms pertaining the creation of WPA awareness set out in Telecom Decision 2018-85 in order to ensure that Canadians will be well informed of a change to the public awareness test policy. Specifically, should WSPs be expected to send out two text messages to their LTE customers in regions where WPA test messages are being issued, one each prior to the visible tests in May and in November, during the second year of WPA implementation?
- If you are of the view that such a measure is inappropriate in regards to the new November test, (i) explain why and (ii) propose an alternative strategy or regulatory measure which would further the creation of awareness relating to the new WPA test message schedule.
The Commission requires that you submit your documents electronically using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and fill in the “Broadcasting and Telecom Cover page” located on this web page. On this web page, you will also find a link to information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Submitting applications and other documents to the CRTC using My CRTC Account.”
A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.
Director, Policy Development and Research
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