2021-09-09 In an outage, we’re on our own re. 911, says CRTC

1) Telus is expanding its 5G grid like a cancer, with major leaps in 2 provinces and promising to cover more than 70% of the population by the end of the year.

Telus 5G Network Expands to New Locations in Alberta and Quebec

“The significant investments we are making in our world-leading network to rapidly expand our 5G footprint is enabling us to connect the citizens of Lethbridge to the people, resources and critical information they need as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, in a statement….

As for Telus customers in Quebec, the company’s 5G network is now live in Montreal, Lanaudière, Laurentides and Montérégie regions. This is part of a $90 million investment in the Greater Montreal region, says the company.

Telus says its 5G network is now available in over 70 extra communities in Quebec.

Overall, Telus says its 5G network is expanding to over 615 communities in Canada this year, including 157 in Quebec, and will cover more than 70% of the population by the end of the year.”


2) After 3 years of investigations by many parties with widely varied interests, a report warns that 5G could interfere with radar altimeters on airplanes and helicopters, resulting in catastrophic results. Yet the industry wants to ignore the report, saying that there are enough safeguards — no problem.

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Airlines warn risks from 5G are too big to ignore, but is it all hot air?

“Radar altimeters operate in the 4.2-4.4 GHz frequency band. The R&O would put 5G services, including devices routinely carried on board by passengers (like cell phones and tablets), on the adjacent band. In August 2021, aviation industry groups warned the FCC that if C-band services interfere with radar altimeters, we can expect “major disruptions to passenger air travel, commercial transport, and critical helicopter services.”

In regard to 5G base stations and mobile devices, they will usually emit signals in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band. These are called “fundamental emissions,” and are outside the normal bandwidth for radio altimeters, so they can be filtered out. But even with a filter, it’s possible for a strong signal to overwhelm the radar altimeter receiver, which is called “blocking interference.

The debate is already happening. The aviation industry says there are serious risks, and the wireless industry says that the safeguards are sufficient. At the very least, we should expect the FAA and FCC to reach a consensus.”


3) I have been attempting to find an agency that will take some interest in the fact that what Telus (and I expect other telephone companies) is doing will put lives at risk during prolonged outages when there is no 911 service. I made a complaint to the CCTS, The Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television services https://www.ccts-cprst.ca/ and was told it was not their jurisdiction, that 911 service was the responsibility of CRTC. And according to CRTC telecoms, to be granted licenses, must provide 911 service.

Service Provider Obligations

“If you want to be a local telephone service provider in Canada, you have to provide 9-1-1 service and comply with certain other obligations”


When Telus disconnects the copper phone line currently in use, a new phone will be connected that requires electricity to operate. A battery will provide service, if fully charged, for 2-4 hours, I was told by a Telus rep. After that, other means, like a cell phone, must be used. What if you don’t have a cell phone, like many of us, or if the cell phone’s battery is dead, then what? And cell towers often don’t have generators so there could be no cell service anyway.

I made the complaint to CRTC and received a response.  It is below in Letters. Apparently, in an outage, we are responsible for being able to get 911 service. We should all have generators, it seems. Will the CRTC buy generators for all of us? Again, they say they have nothing to do with telecoms’ equipment. This must reach local media, senior citizens’ groups, emergency services, etc. With climate change, storms are becoming worse and more frequent, and outages will occur more often and last longer. How can this be allowed??

I will respond to CRTC, but only for my satisfaction. This should be something we bring to the MP candidates. What will they do to help us?

4) An urgent appeal from Americans for Safer Tech who are battling 2 bills in California. They would like as many people as possible to sign the petition regardless where you live. I hope you’ll take a minute to read this petition and consider signing.

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From: CRTC DONOTRESPOND/NEPASREPONDRE [mailto:crtcdonotrespond@crtc.gc.ca]
Sent: Thursday, September 9, 2021 8:45 AM
To: citizensforsafertech@shaw.ca
Subject: CRTC Reference: 854608

Dear Sharon Noble:

We apologize for the delay in responding to your complaint. We have been consulting internally with subject-matter experts in this matter.

If there is a loss of power to an area and there is no battery backup, there is no voice connectivity unless a customer has provided local power backup, such as a generator. We must reiterate that the CRTC does not regulate equipment, but that some back-up systems could allow functionality for a certain number of hours; and that cell phones are often used as a backup phone service.

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Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

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