CRTC and Statistics Canada partner to streamline data collection from the telecommunications industry



    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that it has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with Statistics Canada to streamline the annual
collection of data from the telecommunications industry.
    "This innovative collaboration will further reduce the regulatory burden
on the industry and create efficiencies in the collection of statistics by the
federal government," said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC.
    Currently, the CRTC and Statistics Canada survey over 900 companies to
obtain a picture of the Canadian telecommunications industry and its many
sectors, including local and access services, long distance, Internet and
broadband services, and cellular.
    The information is used by the Commission to gauge the state of
competition, monitor consumer demand for services, identify trends and ensure
that service providers comply with legal and regulatory requirements. The
Commission also draws on the data to reach its decisions and establish
regulatory policies.
    Statistics Canada collects information from the telecommunications
industry to produce national and regional estimates of activity. These
estimates form an integral part of its national and provincial economic
accounts.
    In the past, the CRTC and Statistics Canada conducted these activities
separately. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, their respective annual
telecommunications surveys have been harmonized to further reduce the
regulatory burden and make the data collection process more efficient for both
government and industry.
    Beginning this year, companies will be required to fill out only one
annual telecommunications survey and submit their data through a single point
of contact, the CRTC's web-based Data Collection System. This data will then
be shared with Statistics Canada while ensuring that all necessary safeguards
to protect information are respected.

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference document:
    Telecom Circular CRTC 2007-17
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/eng/circulars/2007/ct2007-17.htm




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Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782), On-line services
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/crtcsubmissionmu/forms/main.aspx?lang=e); These
documents are available in alternative format upon request.


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