Federal Budget 2015 Confirms Public Safety Broadband Network - What Next? View TechNOW Interview with Leading Authorities to Explore Current Plans: Contact kwennekes@cata.ca to join the mission!
April 30, 2015


Watch CATAAlliance's Chief Business Officer, Kevin Wennekes, as he interviews two figures key to the past direction and future developments of the public safety broadband network campaign: Eric Torunski, Executive Director of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, and Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina, and Chair of CATAAlliance's Public Safety Advisory Board.

During this video webcast, Kevin provides viewers with a better understanding of Messrs. Torunski's and Palmer's immediate reactions to the Budget announcement, their insights into the impacts of this announcement, and what resulting strategies are now being considered in response. The conversation covers topics including: impact to the Digital Economy; a needed focus on governance and the pursuit of the "Montreal model", importance of technology testbeds; and how to become better involved and aligned with the on-going campaign.

View the video now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXrAOtanHlw

Background

As recently reported, the CATAAlliance is proud of the advocacy role it has played in supporting the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (founded and governed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada) in their own efforts to secure the establishment of a national public safety broadband network using a dedicated 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum.

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 highspeed 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.

CATAAlliance joins in the applause and support of the Government of Canada's decision (use this link to access joint media release issued by the National Chiefs Associations) but as many of the key stakeholders involved relate, there is much work left to be done and many more answers yet to be discovered.  

Action Items

Join CATAAlliance in support of this mission critical campaign for Canada's public safety community. Contact Kevin Wennekes at kwennekes@cata.ca to learn how to get involved.

Learn more about CITIG - join for free - by visiting its site:  http://www.citig.ca/home.aspx Learn more about CATA’s Public Safety & Cyber Security initiatives: http://www.cata.ca/Communities/PSAB/