National regulations to protect wireless consumers should be developed through public consultations instead of closed-door meetings at the CRTC, Telus Communications Co. told the commission on Friday. Rogers Communications Inc. last week followed Telus with a proposal that the commission establish a “consumer protection code” for the wireless industry. The proposal for a code is being looked at, on behalf of the CRTC, by an industry-led interconnection steering committee. Telus responded to Rogers' proposal with a letter to the CRTC, saying it is concerned about ability of consumer groups, companies and individuals to participate in a process led by the steering committee, which typically focuses on more technical and procedural issues. “While is well-suited to the collaborative development of standards relating to well-defined business process and technical matters, it is not generally considered to be well-suited to the resolution of complex policy issues involving a wide range of stakeholders,” Telus wrote in the letter. A public consultation allow for more participation in establishing “what should be included in enforceable national standards for consumer wireless services,” Telus said. “For example, Rogers’ proposal is silent with respect to the issues of device unlocking and notifications provided to customers regarding data usage and roaming,” Telus wrote. The company reiterated it has a desire to see those issues included in any national regulations. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) also supports holding a public consulation on the issue. Ken Engelhart, Rogers’ senior vice-president of regulatory affairs, told The Wire Report last week that the two companies cannot discuss the issue directly with one another due to the potential that any such discussions could be seen as price-fixing.