1) Once again I am asking for your help. Earlier this year, FortisBC held public meetings and invited people to attend to find out about the new “smart” gas meters. I was unable to attend but I am hoping that some of you did. I would appreciate it if you’d let me know what you learned and if you were given (and kept) any written material.
Please let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Fortis info” on the subject line.
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2) The IoT is beginning its push to take over so many aspects of our lives.
IoT and Smart Cities Converge: Waymo to Test Self-Driving Cars in NYC
“The plans to control all aspects of life including how you travel continues to accelerate as Waymo, an Alphabet company and cousin to Google has been testing its autonomous cars in dozens of cities. This glimpse of the future manifesting in the present may seem like progress, but it carries dark overtones of the completely controlled, technocratic society envisioned by people like Klaus Schwab, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk.”
3) This is a headline in The Wire Report but without a subscription nothing more is available. The SEC is a small independent (non-profit) telecom company: http://www.itpa.ca/ . From this I had to do some investigation that led to info re. the future 911 service.
Municipally-owned B.C. SILEC asks CRTC for relief from NG911 requirements
“A municipally-owned small incumbent local exchange carrier (SILEC) in northwest British Columbia is requesting that the CRTC relieve it of its next-generation 911 (NG911) network requirements claiming it needs a few years to put the necessary infrastructure in place to properly transition from its basic 911 (B911) network.”
The NG911 network appears to be a result of the push to the internet-based phone systems which will be the only option for home phones. No explanation of what happens when there is no electricity to fuel the fiber cable and the internet. All will be wireless. What if you don’t have a cell phone or if the cell phone is not powered?
I have been unable to get anything from CRTC so I will be asking these questions of those people listed at the bottom of this article. I hope you will, too. We need to know how this critical service will be available 24/7 to everyone and our MPs and MLAs should be made to find out.
B.C.’s 9-1-1 system one step closer to modernization
“Next Generation 9-1-1 is a CRTC-mandated initiative requiring Canadian 9-1-1 network providers, such as TELUS and Bell, to work with Telecommunications Service Providers and Emergency Communications Centres across the country to evolve and modernize existing 9-1-1 networks, allowing them to adapt to new and emerging voice, text messaging and multi-media services. This new NG9-1-1 network will significantly enhance 9-1-1 service in Canada by changing to dedicated Internet-based networks that support modern new features while ensuring this life-saving system remains effective, secure, and resilient. The telecommunications regulatory structure for NG 9-1-1 was set out in CRTC Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-182 and related decisions by the CRTC.”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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