Policy and Technical Framework Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) – 700 MHz BandBroadband Radio Service (BRS) – 2500 MHz Band - Spectrum Management and Telecommunications
This email is to advise you that on 14 March 2010 the Government of Canada announced its decision to dedicate 10MHz of the 700MHz band spectrum for the exclusive use of the public safety community.* Details about this decision are available at : Policy and Technical Framework Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) – 700 MHz BandBroadband Radio Service (BRS) – 2500 MHz Band - Spectrum Management and Telecommunications .* The Honourable Christian Paradis, P.C., MP, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), has also indicated that the Government of Canada will be seeking further input from interested stakeholders in a forthcoming consultation process regarding the dedication of an additional 10 MHz of D Block spectrum that has been requested for the public safety community. Achieving the full 20MHz of D Block spectrum would mirror recent decisions made in the US in this regard, and would thereby support the development of an interoperable Canada-wide broadband network, as well as facilitate cross-border interoperability.
The recognized champions in support of this initiative have included the Public Safety Interoperability Development Office, Defence and Research Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, the Canadian Police Research Centre, the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM), Industry Canada, the tri-service organizations, the Action 700 advisory panel funded and chaired by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada, as well as the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and the Canadian Interoperable Technology Interest Group (CITIG).*
IAEM Canada and individual members of the Association have also contributed to this and related interoperability initiatives. However, given that IAEM Canada is not an advocacy organization, the Association’s support and involvement of such initiatives has sought to remain consistent with its mandate, namely to educate and promote a way forward that is consistent with the principles of emergency management and to provide the membership with the necessary information on issues of importance to the advancement of the emergency management profession. While remaining true to the mission and mandate of the Association, opportunities still remain for IAEM Canada and its individual members to contribute to the development of a national framework to support a fully interoperable public safety community.
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has announced it will be holding a two-day public consultation in early May to share and discuss a recently drafted Charter of Incorporation for a new national agency whose mission would be to develop and operate a national interoperable public safety wireless broadband network. *The Charter was developed in consultation with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, as well as tri-service responder representatives; the draft includes information regarding the mandate, financing and business models, governance, as well as roles and responsibilities. Details regarding the two-day public consultation in early May, as well as copies of the Charter are anticipated to be available for distribution by the end of March through CATA.