Archived — Notice No. SMBR-001-98

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. SMBR - 001 - 98

Proposal to Adopt a Standard for Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) in FM Broadcasting

Industry Canada proposes to adopt the Radio Broadcast Data System standard (RBDS) of the US National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) for FM broadcasting transmissions in Canada. It is intended to make the RBDS standard of the NRSC the sole standard for Canada. However, implementation of RBDS by FM broadcasting undertakings is to be voluntary. It is also intended to reserve the 57 kHz sub-carrier solely for RBDS (54.6–59.4 kHz in the FM baseband).

The NRSC has recently issued a voluntary transmission standard for RBDS using the 57 kHz sub-carrier of FM broadcasting stations. A compatible RBDS sub-carrier system has been in use in many European countries for some years.

RBDS allows the broadcaster to transmit data to new RBDS-capable FM receivers. The data will offer listeners a visual display of the station call sign, program format, location, traffic and emergency messages. Other consumer features, such as program format scanning, can also be provided by the technology.

In addition to broadcast related applications, the RBDS data stream has provisions for third-party communication services such as wide area paging. Radio paging and alphanumeric data transmission using RBDS transmission capacity are to be authorized under the Radiocommunication Act and Radiocommunication Regulations and are to be subject to the applicable authorization fee and to any requirements under the Telecommunications Act.

Interested parties may submit comments on this proposal to the Director General, Spectrum Engineering Branch, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8, or at the Internet address broadcast.gazette@ic.gc.ca in the case of E-mail submissions.

Written comments should be postmarked no later than 60 days from the date of publication of this Notice. Comments received will be made available on written request to the Director General.

For further inquiry, contact Jack Dadourian at 613-990-4953.

Dated at Ottawa this 4th day of March 1998.

R.W. McCaughern

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