Telecom - Commission Letter addressed to Chris Kellett (CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee Emergency Services Working Group)
Ottawa, 3 September 2021
Our reference: 8621-C12-01/08
Chair, CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee Emergency Services Working Group
RE: CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG) requests for extension for submission of three reports regarding next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) implementation and the improvement of wireless location accuracy
Dear Mr. Kellett:
In some decisionsFootnote1, the Commission requested that the ESWG submit reports with recommendations on a large variety of matters related to the nationwide transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) networks and services in Canada and the improvement of wireless location accuracy and its underlying systems. In correspondence to the Commission dated 10 June 2021 and 4 August 2021, the ESWG indicated that although significant progress was being made on the various items requested by the Commission, the ESWG requires additional time to complete certain tasks and submit the associated resulting reports.
Specifically, the ESWG requested extensions:
- from 7 July 2021 to 17 December 2021 for Task Identification Form TIF-90 (regarding reliability, resiliency and security), submitting that (i) some matters in the report depend on the outcome of the NG9-1-1 Trial, which were very recently completed on 28 July 2021; (ii) other key matters will be covered in documents to be filed by the NG9-1-1 network providers on 1 November 2021; and (iii) it does not anticipate any matters which would negatively impact the launch NG9-1-1 Voice;
- from 9 August 2021 to 17 December 2021 for TIF-93 (regarding NG9-1-1 Text Messaging transition considerations), submitting that more time is required to develop a complete report with respect to NG9-1-1-Text Messaging; and
- from 5 July 2021 to 29 April 2022 for TIF-92 (regarding mapping and common addressing), submitting that while considerable work has been undertaken, two vital standards have taken much longer and are expected to be finalized in early 2022.
The Commission has reviewed the requests and grants the extensions as requested to allow the ESWG additional time to gather lessons learned from the NG9-1-1 trials, complete the tasks and submit the reports. The extensions will enable the ESWG to better inform their recommendations as well as achieve a consensus to deal with arising issues. The Commission agrees the requested extension periods are required and reasonable, and are not expected to negatively impact towards the launch of NG9-1-1 Voice.
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