Location Based Public Alerting - Have Your Say in CRTC Consultation May 2016
It's technology that exists today and is used in many countries, but surprisingly not in Canada. It's the Wireless Public Alerting Service (WPAS), and until May 30th, Canadians have an opportunity to support its implementation in a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) public consultation.
WPAS allows emergency response authorities to target phones in a specific geographic area facing an imminent threat. Alerts are sent without people having to register their devices.
Canada has fallen behind many nations in its progression and use of cellular technology as a tool to carry Public Alerts. This can be changed by submitting an intervention using the CRTC's online Intervention Comment Form found at www.crtc.gc.ca. In the drop-down box, indicate your support for (or opposition to) Wireless Public Alerts. Comments and support letters can also be submitted online. Please click here for full article