Arrangement between the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States of America and Industry Canada concerning the Use of the Bands 932 to 935 MHz and 941 to 944 MHz along the United States - Canada Border

(dated October 24, 1994)

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Mr. Bruce França
Deputy Chief
Office of Engineering and Technology
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554 U.S.A.

Dear Mr. França:

Re: Arrangement between the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States of America and Industry Canada concerning the use of the bands 932 to 935 MHz and 941 to 944 MHz along the United States - Canada border (22 September 1994).

Please find enclosed lists of existing Canadian stations and the U.S. stations (provided by FCC) which qualify under the "grandfather" provision as referenced in Section 2.3 of the above-noted Arrangement. Also included are diskettes containing this information. Please sign below to confirm your acceptance of these lists.

Yours truly,

Robert W. McCaughern
Deputy Director General
Engineering Programs Branch
Industry Canada

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Bruce A. França

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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554

IN REPLY REFER TO:
1300A5

September 19, 1994

Mr. Michael Binder
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8
CANADA

Dear Mr. Binder:

Industry Canada and the Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America have jointly developed a sharing agreement for the point-to-point and point-to-multipoint fixed services in the 932 to 935 MHz and 941 to 944 MHz bands. This Arrangement is based on discussions between representatives from both countries in the Technical Radio Liaison Committee (RTLC) meeting.

On behalf of Richard M. Smith, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission and Richard D. Parlow, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce, I would like to forward for your approval the final document which we believe will satisfy both countries' spectrum needs in the 932 to 935 MHz and 941 to 944 MHz bands. This Arrangement would be applied provisionally until the definitive entry into force of a replacement for the Agreement concerning the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, with Annex (Above 30 MHz Agreement), as amended.1

Upon approval by your Department, we propose that it constitute an Arrangement modifying the "Technical Annex" of Above 30 MHz Agreement. This Arrangement will become effective upon receipt of your signed copy of the enclosed Arrangement. Also attached for your information is the list of existing U.S. stations which qualify under the "grandfather" provision as referenced in Section 2.3 of the Arrangement, plus a microdisk containing data on the stations' transmit and receive sites.

Sincerely,

Bruce A. França
Deputy Chief
Office of Engineering and Technology

Enclosures

1 Exchange of Notes at Ottawa, October 24, 1962. Entered into force October 24, 1962. USA: Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) 5205; CAN: Canada Treaty Series (CTS) 1962 No. 15.

Agreement Revising the Technical Annex to the Agreement of October 24, 1962 (TIAS 5205/CTS 1962 No. 15). Effected by Exchange of Notes at Ottawa, June 16 and 24, 1965. Entered into force June 24, 1965. USA: TIAS 5833 / CAN: CTS 1962 No. 15.

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Arrangement Between the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States of America, and Industry Canada Concerning the Use of the Bands 932 to 935 MHz and 941 to 944 MHz Along the United States - Canada Border

1. This Arrangement between the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States of America on the one hand, and Industry Canada1 on the other hand, herein referred to as the Agencies, covers the coordination and use of the bands 932-935 MHz and 941-944 MHz for point-to-multipoint and point-to-point communications systems in the vicinity of the United States - Canada border.

1.1 The coordinating agency for the United States of America is the Federal Communications Commission while the coordinating agency for Canada is Industry Canada.

2. Arrangement for point-to-point systems in the band segments 932.5-935.0 MHz and 941.5-944.0 MHz :

2.1 Use of frequencies within the band segments 932.5-935.0 MHz and 941.5-944.0 MHz shall be governed by the provisions of Arrangement A of the Agreement concerning the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second with Annex2 as amended,3 except that the following shall replace paragraphs 2(b)(1) and 2(b)(2):

2.1.1 For a station the antenna of which looks within the 200° sector toward the Canada-United States borders, that area in each country within 120 km of the borders; and

2.1.2 For a station the antenna of which looks within the 160° sector away from the Canada-United States borders, that area in each country within 60 km of the borders.

2.2 Technical criteria of Annex A will apply within the areas described in Section 2.1.

2.3 Stations authorized to operate in these bands by either Administration prior to acceptance of this Arrangement may continue to operate under the terms of their authorizations existing at the time of acceptance of this agreement. These stations shall be protected from interference from subsequently licensed co-channel stations of the other country.4

3. Arrangement for point-to-multipoint systems in the band segments 932.0-932.5 MHz and 941.0-941.5 MHz:

3.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Arrangement, beyond Lines A and B and Lines C and D,5 each country shall have full use of the entire 932.0-932.5 MHz and 941.0-941.5 MHz bands.

3.2 Between Lines A and B and Lines C and D, the frequencies shall be used as follows, consistent with the technical criteria of Annex B:

932.0 - 932.25 MHz and 941.0 - 941.25 MHz

Canada has full use of frequencies within these bands. The United States may also use these frequencies on an unprotected basis, provided its stations are limited to a power flux-density (pfd) of -100 dBW/m2 at or beyond the United States - Canada border for the frequency band 932-932.25 MHz and -94 dBW/m2 at or beyond the United States - Canada border for the band 941.0-941.25 MHz.

932.25 - 932.50 MHz and 941.25 - 941.50 MHz

The United States has full use of frequencies within these bands. Canada may also use these frequencies on an unprotected basis, provided its stations are limited to a pfd of -100 dBW/m2 at or beyond the United States - Canada border for the frequency band 932.25-932.5 MHz and -94 dBW/m2 at or beyond the United States - Canada border for the band 941.25-941.50 MHz.

3.3 Wherever this Arrangement provides that a power flux-density limit must be met, a calculation based on free space propagation should be used to determine whether such limits would be met. Other methods may be applied as appropriate. Regardless of the calculations performed, however, actual operation on frequencies primarily assigned for use by the other country must not result in such pfd limit being exceeded at or anywhere beyond the border in the other country.

3.3.1 Technical criteria of Annex B will apply within the areas described in Section 3.2.

4. This Arrangement supersedes the provisions of:

  1. Item 36 of the "Technical Annex" to the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, with Annex, as amended which states that the coordinating agencies are the JCS (USA) and the CDS (CAN), and that coordination is to be effected pursuant to "Arrangement C" (fixed RADARs) to the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, with Annex, as amended for the band 890.0-960.0 MHz; and
  2. Item 37 of the "Technical Annex" to the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, with Annex, as amended which states that the coordinating agencies are the FCC (USA) and the DOT (CAN), and that coordination is to be effected pursuant to "Arrangement A" to the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, with Annex, as amended for the band 942.0-944.0 MHz.

For the Federal Communications Commission

Richard M. Smith
Chief
Office of Engineering and Technology

Date:

For Industry Canada

Michael Binder
Assistant Deputy Minister
Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications

Date: September 22, 1994

For the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Richard D. Parlow
Associate Administrator

Date: September 15, 1994

Footnotes

1 Formerly the Department of Communications of Canada.

2 Exchange of Notes at Ottawa, October 24, 1962. Entered into force October 24, 1962. USA: Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) 5205, CAN: Canada Treaty Series (CTS) 1962 No. 15.

3 Agreement Revising the Technical Annex to the Agreement of October 24, 1962 (TIAS 5205/CTS 1962 No. 15). Effected by Exchange of Notes at Ottawa, June 16 and 24, 1965. Entered into force June 24, 1965. USA: TIAS 5833 / CAN: CTS 1962 No. 15, as amended June 24, 1965.

4 For purposes of this arrangement, "co-channel" shall mean any two channels whose occupied bandwidths overlap.

5 See: Agreement concerning the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, with Annex, as amended.

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