Emergency Services to get Static-Free Slice of Broadband

Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews confirmed today the allocation of 10 MHz of the 700 MHz bandwidth for the use of emergency responders including police, firefighters, and paramedics.

“Our Government has recently allocated a portion of 700 MHz broadband spectrum for public safety use,” said Minister Toews. “This lays the foundation for a national mobile broadband communications network that will help protect communities and save lives by improving emergency response across Canada.”

The allocation of 10 MHz for public safety use supports the Communications Interoperability Strategy and Action Plan for Canada, which was released in January 2011 as a result of federal/provincial/territorial collaboration. It also supports the front line emergency responders who will be able to use state-of-the-art voice and data wireless communications tools in the performance of their response duties.

Firefighters, police, and paramedics will be able to link to their colleagues in other agencies across Canada and, when necessary, their counterparts along the Canada-U.S. border. The 700 MHz spectrum allows for large amounts of data to be carried at high speed over long distances, and it lessens the potential for communications failures during peak emergency periods.

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