June 14, 2017

Workshop on June 22nd Will Define Path Forward for Canada’s Public Safety Broadband Network: FirstNet Executive to Lead Discussions

eventCanada’s Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) 

On June 22nd in Ottawa, members of both the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) Board of Directors and CATAAlliance’s Public Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) are hosting a workshop comprised of first responder, industry, academic, and non-governmental organizations to review past policy recommendations for Canada’s Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) and determine their relevancy and validity in relation to the current stakeholder engagement being conducted by Public Safety Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).

This workshop will feature an in-depth presentation from Christopher Algiere, Federal Consultation Lead, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as he provides updates on recent developments relating to the retaining of AT&T as their national provider, the unexpected speed in which AT&T has been able to ramp up its deployment, as well as offering insights into their governance and funding models: these latter two points being key areas of concern for Canadian stakeholders.

Watch this 8-minute briefing with Mr. Algiere as he shares an overview of his planned remarks at the PSBN workshop and offers a number of intriguing comments in relation to the AT&T partnership and their unique governance structure.

View the video here: https://vimeo.com/catatechnow/firstnetcalgiere

Discussion between workshop partners

Watch as Eric Torunski, Executive Director, CITIG, and Kevin Wennekes, Chief Business Officer, CATAAlliance, discuss the plans and anticipated outcomes for this workshop.


Workshop Full – Virtual Registration Still Available

Options to participate through videoconference or by viewing a live stream broadcast are available for interested parties. To indicate your interest in participating using these virtual means, please contact Kevin Wennekes at kwennekes@cata.ca or by calling 613.769.8614.

For organizations or individuals who cannot participate on June 22 but would like to comment and contribute to further consultations being planned by this coalition, please reach out to either Mr. Wennekes as per above or Eric Torunski at eric.torunski@citig.ca    

CATAAlliance and CITIG would like to thank its partners BlackBerry, General Dynamics Canada, and Motorola Canada, for their support for conducting this workshop.

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