SP-1452 — Spectrum Policy Provisions to Permit the Use of Digital Radio Broadcasting Installations to Provide Non-Broadcasting Services

September 1997

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Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-007-97 — Spectrum Policy Provisions to Permit the Use of Digital Radio Broadcasting Installations to Provide Non-Broadcasting Services (SP-1452 MHz)

Intent

The purpose of this Notice is to announce the release of a spectrum policy document under the above-mentioned title. These spectrum policy provisions permit the use of Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) installations to provide non-broadcasting services. Also, this policy is extended to include subsidiary communications multiplex operation (SCMO) on FM stations for non-broadcasting services. This completes the public consultation process which began on January 24, 1997 with the release of the document entitled Proposed Spectrum Policy Provisions to Permit the Use of Digital Radio Broadcasting Installations to Provide Non-Broadcasting Services (DGTP-002-97).

Based on the assessment of public comments made during the review and internal study, the Department has developed policy provisions which apply to digital radio broadcasting installations and analogue FM installations that provide such services.

It should be noted that significant public input was received in support of this policy from both the broadcasting and the mobile wireless communities.

This above-mentioned spectrum policy is available electronically via the Internet at the following addresses:

World Wide Web (WWW)
Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

Copies of the subject document are also available from the Communications Branch, Industry Canada, 235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5, 613-947-7466, and from the offices of Industry Canada at Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

September 27, 1997

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch


1.0 Introduction

The purpose of this policy document is to establish minimum policy provisions for the use of Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) installations to provide non-broadcasting services. Also, these provisions are extended to include subsidiary communications multiplex operation (SCMO) on FM stations for non-broadcasting services. The release of this policy completes the public consultation process which began on January 24, 1997 with the release of the document entitled Proposed Spectrum Policy Provisions to Permit the Use of Digital Radio Broadcasting Installations to Provide Non-Broadcasting Services (DGTP-002-97).

Based on the assessment of public comments made during the review and internal study, the Department herewith sets the spectrum policy provisions which apply to digital radio broadcasting and FM/SCMO installations that provide non-broadcasting services. It is Industry Canada's view that the transmission of non-broadcasting services using the spare capacity of DRB and FM installations will provide a choice of innovative wireless services to consumers and make for more effecient use of radio facilities.

2.0 Spectrum Policy for DRB Installations

The use of DRB installations to provide non-broadcasting services in the broadcasting band 1452- 1492 MHz is subject to the following policy provisions:

  1. The use of DRB transmission capacity to provide program-associated data services, such as the alphanumeric transmission of supplementary information and advertising, is permitted under the authority of a broadcasting certificate issued under the Radiocommunication Act.
  2. The use of DRB transmission capacity to provide non-broadcasting services which are not related to the broadcasting program, such as radio paging and alphanumeric data transmission, is permitted provided that:
    1. the primary spectrum objective to provide transmission capacity for five audio broadcasting programs of CD-like quality is not compromised; and
    2. non-broadcasting services are authorized under the Radiocommunication Act and the Radiocommunication Regulations and are subject to an applicable authorization fee and to any requirements under the Telecommunications Act.
  3. The use of DRB transmission capacity for non-broadcasting services (program-associated services and those services that are not program-associated) shall not prevent future use of the full complement of five high quality CD-like transmission channels for audio broadcasting programming. Spectrum Policy Provisions to Permit the Use of Digital Radio Broadcasting Installations to Provide Non-Broadcasting Services SP-1452
  4. Where third party access to DRB installations is made available for non-broadcasting services, the transmission capacity should be offered on a non-discriminatory basis.
  5. Users of DRB transmission capacity for non-broadcasting services cannot be guaranteed priority access to DRB installations as the spectrum capacity may be needed for DRB programming services. The designated spectrum must accommodate the long term requirement of digital radio broadcasting services.

3.0 Spectrum Policy for Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operation on FM Facilities

The use of SCMO on FM channel sub-carriers to provide non-broadcasting services in the VHF frequency band 88–108 MHz is subject to the following policy provisions:

  1. The use of FM/SCMO transmission capacity to provide program-associated services related to in-house operations, such as broadcasting station monitoring and control, cue and control of remote broadcasting stations and standby studio transmitter links, is permitted under the authority of a broadcasting certificate issued under the Radiocommunication Act.
  2. The use of FM/SCMO transmission capacity to provide non-broadcasting services which are not related to the broadcasting program, such as radio paging and alphanumeric data transmission, is permitted provided that these non-broadcasting services are authorized under the Radiocommunication Act and the Radiocommunication Regulations and are subject to an applicable authorization fee and to any requirements under the Telecommunications Act.

4.0 Radio Licensing

Industry Canada will release a proposed Client Procedures Circular (CPC) in which procedures will be set out regarding authorization of non-broadcasting services using the DRB and FM/SCMO facilities based on the above-mentioned policy provisions. These procedures will take note of the comments received during the public consultation on such issues as fees, timing of licensing and conditions of operation.

5.0 Supplementary Information

6.0 Implementation

Applicants should contact the Chief, Authorization, Operational Policies, Procedures and Programs at 613-990-4747 or facsimile 613-952-9871 regarding the future procedures on authorization of the use of DRB and FM/SCMO installations to provide the non-broadcasting services outlined in this policy.

Issued under the authority of the Radiocommunication Act

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch