The CLNPC was established in 1997 at the direction of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and membership is a mandatory obligation of any carrier wishing to meet the requirements of the CRTC as set out in CRTC Decisions 97-8, 05-72 and 06-28.
To become a member of the CLNPC, you must be one or more of the following:
- An Incumbent or Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC/SILEC)
- A Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) as contemplated in Telecom Decision CRTC 97-8
- A registered Canadian facilities based wireless carrier directed by Telecom Decisions 2005-72
Entities who do not qualify to become members in the CLNPC may still apply for authorization to access Canadian NPAC data.