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Canadian Telecommunications Emergency Preparedness Association


“Telecom Sector Concerns”

JIIRP Workshop - UBC

February 26th, 2007

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Purpose Association

  • The purpose of this slide deck is to:

  • Provide an understanding of who the Canadian Telecommunications Emergency Preparedness Association (CTEPA) is

  • Identify the issues and challenges CTEPA is facing with regards to standardization of processes and policies regarding the protection of Canada’s Critical Telecom Infrastructure

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Who is CTEPA? Association

  • Emergency Planners representing the wire line, wireless and satellite facility-based telecommunications companies in Canada

  • Share a united commitment and vision for telecom emergency preparedness related to regional, national or international disasters

  • Share and exchange information on common regional, national and international emergency preparedness issues

  • Formed in 2000 Under Name of CTEPA

  • Formerly the Stentor Alliance Emergency Preparedness Working Group

    - Emergency Planners from Stentor Alliance Members

    - Y2K CTIF (Canadian Telecommunications Industry Forum)

  • Competitor Companies Invited to Participate

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  • Membership Association

    • Aliant

    • Bell Canada

    • CAPTS (Canadian Alliance of Publicly Owned Telecommunications Systems)

    • EastLink

    • Globalstar

    • MTS / Allstream

    • OTA (Ontario Telecommunications Association)

    • Rogers Wireless

    • Rogers Telecom (Sprint Canada)

    • SaskTel

    • Telesat Canada

    • TELUS

    • Industry Canada – Emergency Telecommunications (Associate Member)

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  • CTEPA Objectives Association

  • To provide a forum for building a network of emergency planners and to promote emergency preparedness within the telecom industry

  • To promote best practices for emergency preparedness with in the telecom industry

  • To establish a process designed to facilitate mutual aid support in the event of a regional, national or international disaster

  • To encourage cooperation and information sharing, raise understanding and establish a working relationship with members, government and other external organizations

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Telecom Sector Issues & Challenges Association

  • Standardize across all provinces a number of policies and processes which will aid in the Telecom industry’s ability to respond to a disaster, such as;

    • Access to fuel and refuelling

    • Vehicle Access to the roadways

      • 1st Responder designation (Support of Response and Recovery phases)

    • Access to security personnel (police / military)

    • Access to vaccine - if and when required

    • A single Ministry of Health contact at the Provincial level for Pandemic issues

  • Standardize the definition of Critical Infrastructure across federal, provincial, and local levels

  • Standardize critical infrastructure prioritization across all levels of government

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Telecom Sector Issues & Challenges Association

  • Standardize critical infrastructure protection across all levels of government

  • Develop common and agreed to protocols for the sharing of critical infrastructure information at the appropriate times during a disaster

  • Understand under what circumstances the government would intervene to prioritize service or service levels during a pandemic

  • Understand if the CRTC will consider making concessions proactively versus following regular procedures for extraordinary circumstances, such as a pandemic, if metrics are not met during any emergency

  • Understand what level of support is expected at the Federal Government EOC during a National Disaster from CTEPA or its membership

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Questions? Association