CRTC directs all Canadian wireless service providers to join the National Public Alerting System

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Apr. 6 directed all Canadian wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their long-term evolution (LTE) networks by April 2018. This system will allow emergency management officials, such as fire marshals and police agencies, to warn Canadians on their mobile devices of dangers to life and property. The alerts will be sent to mobile devices connected to LTE networks, which are available to more than 97% of Canadians. Service providers also have been tasked by the CRTC to work with their federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to develop an awareness campaign and test schedule. Learn more.

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