Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of Frequency 929.2875 MHz for Paging Operations in the United States within 120 km of the United States/Canada Border

Ottawa, Canada
K1A 0C8

1030-9

January 8, 1997

Mr. Donald H. Gips
Chief, International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
2000 M Street, N.W., Room 800
Washington, D.C. 20554

Dear Mr. Gips:

This is in reference to your letter December 5, 1996 and the attached Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of Frequency 929.2875 MHz for Paging Operations in the United States within 120 km of the United States/Canada Border (SCP).

We have reviewed the proposal, initiated by a request from Paging Network Inc. of the United States and Madison Telecommunications Inc. of Canada, and have found it to be acceptable. Consequently, please find attached your copy of the jointly signed Special Coordination Procedure.

Sincerely,

Michael D. Connolly
Director
Spectrum Management Operations
Radiocommunications and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch


SPECIAL COORDINATION PROCEDURE FOR THE USE OF FREQUENCY 929.2875 MHZ FOR PAGING OPERATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES WITHIN 120 KM OF THE UNITED STATES/CANADA BORDER

Recognizing that the priority use of the frequency 929.2875 MHz for paging operations, pursuant to the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929-932 MHz between Industry Canada and the Federal Communications Commission, remains with Canada;

Considering that Madison Telecommunications, Inc. in Canada and Paging Network, Inc. in the United States have been granted nationwide authority to use 929.2875 MHz in their respective countries; and

Considering that the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada each has agreed in principle to the arrangement between Madison Telecommunications, Inc. and Paging Network, Inc. as outlined in their letter dated November 6, 1996:

It is AGREED that:

The Federal Communications Commission may authorize the use of 929.2875 MHz for paging operations between Line A and 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 authorizations:

  • U.S. stations within the coordination zone 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;
  • agreement will be reached between the U.S. and the Canadian licensees for each proposed U.S. station on 929.2875 MHz within the coordination zone before it is placed in operation;
  • the Canadian licensee has priority use of 929.2875 MHz in the border area and use of the frequency 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 929.2875 MHz within the coordination zone, the U.S. licensee would take immediate action to resolve the situation.

This procedure is accepted as an understanding between Industry Canada and the Federal Communications Commission and becomes effective on the date of signature by representatives of both agencies.



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Donald H. Gips
Chief, International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Date:  December 5, 1996


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M.D. Connolly
Director, Spectrum Management
Industry Canada

Date: January 10, 1997


FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554

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

December 5, 1996

Mr. Michael D. Connolly, Director
Spectrum Management Operations
Radiocommunications & Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch, Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Canada
K1A 0C8

Dear Mr. Connolly:

The Federal Communications Commission has received a coordination request from Paging Network, Inc. (PageNet), an FCC licensee authorized to provide nationwide service within the U.S. below Line A on the frequency 929.2875 MHz. PageNet is seeking approval to use that same frequency 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 use of paging channels in the border area. Subsequent amendment to that Arrangement established a mechanism that afforded relaxation of the frequency-use plan, on a case by case basis, through the exchange of documents referred to as "special coordination procedures" (SCP). Each SCP requires joint approval by Industry Canada and the FCC.

Accompanying its request, PageNet has supplied correspondence to indicate that it has established an arrangement with its Canadian business associate, Madison Telecommunications, Inc. The FCC supports the PageNet proposal and requests that Industry Canada make a determination regarding its acceptability.

Should your review lead to an affirmative conclusion, attached for your concurrence is the Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of Frequency 929.2875 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 one signed copy to me. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Donald H. Gips
Bureau Chief
Attachments: Special Coordination Procedure (2)
Joint Attestation of Business Arrangement

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