Telecom - Commission Letter addressed to Chris Kellett (Chair, CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee Emergency Services Working Group)
Ottawa, 13 May 2022
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, NG9-1-1 additional data considerations, and the improvement of wireless location accuracy
Dear Chris Kellett:
In decisions related to NG9-1-1, the Commission requested that the ESWG submit reports with recommendations on a large variety of matters. These reports are intended to support the nationwide transition to NG9-1-1 networks and services in Canada and the improvement of wireless location accuracy and its underlying systems.Footnote1
In correspondence to the Commission dated 10 February 2022, 10 March 2022, and 11 March 2022, the ESWG indicated that although significant progress was being made on the various items requested by the Commission, the ESWG required additional time to complete certain tasks and submit the associated reports.
Specifically, the ESWG requested extensions for the following Task Identification Form (TIF) reports:
- TIF-90 (regarding reliability, resiliency and security), from 11 March 2022 to 10 June 2022, submitting that (i) some matters in the report have ties to the NG9-1-1 trial activities that are still being addressed; (ii) several key matters were covered in documents filed with the Commission by the NG9-1-1 network providers on 1 November 2021 (e.g. NG9-1-1 tariff notices and agreements) that the ESWG would like to take into consideration; and (iii) it has taken longer than anticipated to get everything required for this extensive follow-up report;
- TIF-91 (regarding NG9-1-1 additional data considerations), from 7 February 2022 to 10 June 2022, submitting that ESWG continues to receive and consider input and required more time to define the foundational pieces; and
- TIF-92 (regarding mapping and common addressing), from 29 April 2022 to 28 February 2023, submitting that while considerable work has been undertaken, the report is dependent on two vital National Emergency Number Association (NENA) standards that remain in development and are expected to be finalized in early 2022.
The Commission has reviewed the requests and grants the extensions requested. This will allow the ESWG additional time to gather lessons learned from the NG9-1-1 trials, complete its tasks, and submit the reports. The extensions will enable the ESWG to better inform their recommendations and should allow it to achieve a consensus to deal with arising issues. The Commission agrees the requested extension periods are both required and reasonable, and are expected to have minimal negative secondary impacts.
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