National Teleforum on 700 MHz Broadband for Public Safety Campaign-Confirm today, limited availability
February 17, 2011

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance invites you to register your interest to participate in an open national Teleforum with the lead advocates for the Canadian emergency services chiefs associations regarding Industry Canada’s Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the 700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum.

The Teleforum will take place on Thursday, February 24 commencing at 1:30 p.m. EST and will be led by:

Superintendent Pascal Rodier
Officer in Charge, South Fraser District, British Columbia Ambulance Service
Representing the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC)

Superintendent Bill Moore
Halifax Regional Police
Representing the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CAPC)

Division Chief Mike Sullivan
Ottawa Fire Service
Representing the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC)

This Teleforum will provide an update on the campaign, reveal the current survey results being collected as part of the national consultation – please complete the survey today – and ask participants through an open Q&A session to help answer some of the critical questions and concerns arising from this consultation, such as:

1.      If Public Safety is allotted the spectrum it is asking for, what are some of the business models industry would seek in helping them manage it?

2.      The public safety community is interested in partnering with industry to build, manage and operate such networks in partnership, not as a client (i.e., as owners, not renters). What terms and conditions, if enacted, do you feel would be fairest to the broadest range of ICT providers?

3.      What is the impact on this and similar issues in Canada given President Obama’s recent announcement on his government’s commitment to the National Wireless Initiative

Both time and space are limited so please register your interest in attending this Teleforum by Wednesday, February 23. There is no cost to participate, however donations  are being requested to help offset the costs involved in undertaking this campaign.

Who should participate: executives of companies offering related ICT product/services, key public safety and spectrum stakeholders within the three levels of government, other First Responders seeking to provide individual input into the Action700 Campaign.

++ Action Item:  Please confirm your interest in participating in the Teleforum today by contacting CATA VP of Research, Kevin Wennekes, at email "Kevin Wennekes" kwennekes@cata.ca with Broadband in the subject line. You will then be sent your call in number and supporting briefing notes.

Visit the tri-services official website dedicated to the Broadband for Public Safety campaign: www.action700.ca  Complete the 700 MHz Broadband Stakeholder survey: http://survey.epenso.com/survey/s?s=Broadband4PSCampaign