CRTC Seeks Comments on Participation of Wireless Providers on National Alerting System

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With some 80% of Canadians now owning a mobile device, the CRTC is asking for feedback on the participation of wireless service providers in Canada’s National Public Alerting System.

On Tuesday, the Commission said Tuesday that its consultation builds on efforts to ensure Canadians are notified in a timely manner of emergency situations, as well as to ensure that the telecommunications system safeguards them.

Countries including the United States and Australia have already successfully implemented wireless public alerts. In the United States, customers are warned about an emergency if they are within the affected area, as measured by cell tower coverage.

The CRTC would like to hear from Canadians regarding their thoughts on implementing a wireless public alert system. Canadians must submit their comments by May 30, 2016 in one of the following ways:

filling out the online form

– writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2, or

– sending a fax to (819) 994-0218.

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