CRTC Set to Upgrade 911 System for Cellphone Industry
In a move that will surely have Canadians feeling a lot more safe and secure, industry regulator CRTC has announced plans to upgrade Canada's increasingly outdated 911 system for the cellphone industry.
Government officials said they would impose a February, 2010, deadline to install the necessary equipment to give 911 dispatchers the ability to locate cellular calls in an emergency.
The decision comes after a recent investigation by Globe and Mail noted fatalities and near-death incidents attributed to 911 dispatchers being unable to trace the location of mobile callers.
The regulator is giving the industry a year so that wireless companies will have time to put a working system in place “throughout the country,” Mr. Godin said.
More than half of all 911 calls in Canada come from cellphones.