Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of 929.3375 MHz for Paging Operations in the United States within 120 km of the United States/Canada Border

Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C.  20554

202-418-0420
202-418-2818 (fax)

September 28, 1995

Mr. M.D. Connolly, Director
Spectrum Management Operations
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Canada  K1A 0C8

Dear Mr. Connolly:

The Commission has recently received a request from an applicant, American Paging, Inc. (API), for authority to use the frequency of 929.3375 MHz for paging operations in the U.S. north of Line A. Such use is restricted by the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929–932 MHz, signed September 14, 1983, which governs the allocation of paging operations in the border area.  That Arrangement was subsequently amended to allow for the application of frequency use variances through the implementation of special coordination procedural arrangement (SCP) that are subject to the joint approval of the FCC and IC.  From the U.S. side, these SCP's are jointly signed by our two Agencies only after the applicant has produced documentation demonstrating that arrangements have been successfully completed with their Canadian business associates and with our Agencies.

With its request, API has supplied correspondence to indicate that the proper documents have been obtained and the necessary agreements acquired from both its Canadian business associate, Upper Canada Communications, and from your office.  Neither correspondence indicates any objection to API's use of the frequency 929.3375 MHz in the U.S., subject to application of procedures and conditions previously agreed to by the FCC and IC.

Therefore, attached for your concurrence is a Confirmation of Acceptance for the Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of Frequency 929.3375 MHz for Paging Operations in the United States within 120 km of the U.S./Canada Border.  Please confirm your acceptance of the above document as an understanding between our two Agencies by signing it and returning to me one signed copy.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Scott Blake Harris
Bureau Chief


Confirmation of Acceptance

Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of 929.3375 MHz for Paging Operations in the United States within 120 km of the United States/Canada Border

Pursuant to the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929–932 MHz signed by the United States and Canada on September 14, 1983, as amended, the Federal Communications Commission is to withhold assignments of channels in the band 929–929.5 MHz within 120 km of the U.S./Canada border:

Considering that the above arrangement was modified by mutual consent through correspondence dated August 11, 1992 to specify a procedure by which assignments within this band may be made in the event the licensees of the U.S. and Canada agree; and

Recognizing that the priority use of 929.3375 MHz for paging operations pursuant to the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929–932 MHz remains with Canada;

Considering that Upper Canada Communications, Inc. (Upper Canada) in Canada has been granted nationwide authority to use 929.3375 MHz, and that American Paging Inc. (API) in the United States also has nationwide authority on this channel; and

Considering that the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada have each agreed in principle to a request from API and Upper Canada to allow assignment of 929.3375 MHz in the U.S. within 120 km of the U.S./Canada border:

It is agreed that:

The Federal Communications Commission may authorize the use of 929.3375 MHz for paging operations within 120 km of the U.S./Canada border (hereinafter "the coordination zone"), to the U.S. licensee that has nationwide authority for use of that channel, provided that the following conditions are placed on such authorization:

  • Any U.S. facility transmitting on 929.3375 MHz within the coordination zone, and established under this special procedure, may be operated only in accordance with the technical criteria contained in Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929–932 MHz;
  • Before each U.S. station transmitting on 929.3375 MHz within the coordination zone is placed into operation, coordination must be conducted between the U.S. and the Canadian licensees as to the technical operating parameters for that particular site;
  • The Canadian licensee has priority use of 929.3375 MHz in the border area and use of that channel by the U.S. licensee within the coordination zone must not adversely affect any Canadian operations;
  • No service may be offered by the U.S. licensee within Canada; and
  • In the event of any harmful interference from U.S. operations to Canadian operations on 929.3375 MHz within the coordination zone, the U.S. licensee would take immediate action to resolve the situation.

The above procedure between the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada entitled Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of 929.3375 MHz for Paging Operations in the United States within 120 km of the United States/Canada Border is accepted as an understanding between our two agencies.  This procedure will become effective on the date of signature by representatives of both agencies.



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Scott Blake Harris
Chief, International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Date:  September 28, 1995


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M. D. Connolly
Director
Spectrum Management Operations
Industry Canada

Date: October 13, 1995

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