Archived — Notice No. DGTP-004-99

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-004-99 — Guidelines on the Licensing Process and Spectrum Release Plan

The purpose of this Notice is to announce the issuance of a policy document to clarify the licensing process for various frequency bands, satellite orbital positions, and certain other situations. More specifically, the policy addresses the circumstances that will determine whether licences will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, or whether a competitive licensing process will be used. In addition, the department is issuing a forecast of certain types of spectrum to be released and the timing for initiating future competitive licensing, as proposed in the Framework for Spectrum Auctions in Canada.

A call for comments on Proposals to Improve the Licensing Process for Dealing with Applications on a "First-Come, First-Served Basis" was initiated by the department on December 20, 1997 through Gazette Notice DGTP-009-97. Taking into account the public comments received and other considerations, the department has developed policy guidelines to clarify the licensing process for various frequency bands and situations. In general, there was support for the clarification of the licensing policy from a diversity of radiocommunication users and service providers.

The policy document identifies the spectrum resources (frequency bands, satellite orbital positions and certain situations) for which first-come, first-served licensing will continue to be used, as well as those resources for which the competitive licensing process will likely be used. A competitive licensing process would mainly be envisaged in situations where there is, or is likely to be, more demand for a particular spectrum resource than there is supply. The policy addresses situations in which the licensing activity may have to be altered from first-come, first-served to a competitive process, due to high demand. The policy document provides a forecast or best estimate of certain types of spectrum to be released and the timing envisaged for initiating competitive licensing. Industry Canada intends to update this document on an annual basis. This update includes a Spectrum Release Plan based on emerging information and the views expressed by interested parties.

The policy document is available electronically via the Internet at the following Industry Canada Web site: World Wide Web (WWW) http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum or as a hard copy, for a fee, from:

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Tyrell Press Ltd.
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1-800-267-4862
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613-822-0740
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Canada Communications Group
Address:
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 1_888_562_5561
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1-800-565-7757
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Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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