Archived — Notice No. SMBR-002-96

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Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. SMBR - 002 - 96

Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part I (BPR-I) – Issue 2

and Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part V (BPR-V) – Issue 1Technical Standards and Procedures for Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB)

Industry Canada announces the publication for public comment of Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part I (BPR-I) – Issue 2 and Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part V (BPR-V)- Issue 1. The first document sets forth the Department's requirements for obtaining Broadcasting Certificates, including DRB, and the second outlines the technical standards and operational requirements for Digital Radio Broadcasting undertakings.

Digital Radio Broadcasting is a wide-band digital transmission system adopted in Canada as an eventual replacement for AM and FM analog sound broadcasting and was the subject of Canada Gazette SMBR-005-95, "System Standard for Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) in Canada", published on November 25, 1995. On June 15, 1996, Industry Canada announced the publication of the Allotment Plan for Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB), Issue 1, for undertakings operating within the 1,452 to 1,492 MHz frequency band (L-band) using the EUREKA 147 (DAB) system.

Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part 1, Issue 2 will supersede the existing Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part 1, dated April 1992 and all its subsequent amendments. Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part V, Issue 1 is a new document. Consultation with representatives of the broadcasting industry have taken place in the preparation of these documents.

All technical submission for DRB undertakings must include an engineering brief prepared according to the requirements explained in BPR-V, Issue 1. For the purposes of this procedure, DRB transmitters are not required to obtain a Technical Acceptance Certificate (TAC). However, digital radio broadcasting transmitting equipment must conform with the technical requirements outlined in BPR-V.

Although BPR-I and V are being issued for public comments at this time, these documents may be used on an interim basis as a guide to applicants proposing DRB undertakings.

As explained in BPR-I, Issue 2, the Department is proposing to identify DRB undertaking programmes using the same four letter call sign system used for AM and FM stations, with the addition of "DR" as suffixes.

Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed documents to the:

Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch
Department of Industry
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8

or at the INTERNET address

Comments should be submitted no later than 90 days from the date of publication of this notice. Comments received will be made available on written request to the Director General.

Copies of Broadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part I (BPR-I), Issue 2 andBroadcasting Procedures and Rules, Part V (BPR-V), Issue 1 may be obtained from the:

Publishing Services Centre, DOSP-P
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8
telephone: 613-990-4761

or from the Department's regional offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton. Both documents are also available electronically on the INTERNET at the following WWW address:

Dated at Ottawa this 12th day of July 1996.

R. W. McCaughern
A/Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch

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