Federal Budget Advocacy Win: Economic Action Plan 2015: $3 million over 3 years, starting in 2016–17, to take steps to establish Public Safety Broadband Network, a high‑speed mobile network dedicated to emergency management
April 21, 2015

Public Safety Will Run Out of Data Spectrum in the Near Future, view details of the 2010 launch of this Campaign at: http://www.cata.ca/media_and_events/press_releases/cata_pr12081001.html and then check out the budget announcement below.

Excerpt from the Federal Budget

Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $3 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, to take initial steps to establish a Public Safety Broadband Network, a high‑speed mobile network dedicated to emergency management.

Communication tools used by fire, police and ambulance services in Canada limit their ability to exchange information with one another and communicate across jurisdictions during an emergency. The Government is committed to working with provinces, territories, municipalities and the public safety community so that first responders have access to the latest communication technologies.

The Government has already allocated 10 megahertz (MHz) of the highly valued 700 MHz broadband spectrum for public safety communications. The Government will allocate another 10 MHz of the 700 MHz spectrum to enable the creation of a Public Safety Broadband Network, a high-speed mobile network dedicated to emergency management. The Government will also provide $3 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, to take initial steps to establish the network. This investment will improve collaboration among public safety agencies to help save lives and keep our communities safe.

++ Action Item: Contact CATA VP, Kevin Wennekes to discuss how to be engaged in the range of Public Safety, Advanced Security & Cyber Security projects that CATA is now advancing. For background, please view: http://www.cata.ca/Communities/PSAB/advisorybd.html