Archived — Notice No. DGRB-002-01

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-002-01Consultation on a Proposed Procedure to Determine Compliance with Licence Conditions Prior to Further Licensing

Purpose

The purpose of this consultation is to solicit public comment on the document, entitled Consultation on a Proposed Procedure to Determine Compliance with Licence Conditions Prior to Further Licensing.

When issuing radio or spectrum licences, the Department may attach a series of licence conditions. These conditions may be of a technical or regulatory nature or they may be designed to further particular aspects of the public interest. The Department believes that a licensee's ability to comply with the licensing conditions, pertaining to its existing licences, provides a strong indicator of responsible spectrum usage. Consequently, the Department has published the aforementioned document in which it proposes to establish a process, whereby access to additional spectrum by licensees is first subject to a departmental review to ensure that the applicant and its affiliates are compliant with the conditions attached to their existing licences.

In the December 1999 consultation paper entitled "Consultation on the Proposed Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Additional PCS Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range" (DGRB-018-99), the Department proposed to use licence compliance as a criterion for eligibility to acquire additional PCS spectrum. Respondents were generally supportive of this approach. However, some suggested that this criterion should apply to all spectrum holdings, not just PCS licences. Furthermore, the industry recommended that the Department hold a separate consultation process for this particular issue.

In the June 2000 paper on "Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Additional PCS Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range" (DGRB-005-00), the Department concluded that this mechanism has some potential to ensure responsible spectrum usage and is considering implementation of this compliance regime in 2001. Through this consultation paper, it seeks further comments on the process for determining an applicant's state of compliance.

Industry Canada invites interested parties to provide their views and comments on the consultation paper issued under this Notice. This document is available electronically on the Internet at:

World Wide Web (WWW)
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home

or can be obtained in hard copy, for a fee, from:

Tyrell Press Ltd.
2714 Fenton Road
Gloucester, Ontario K1T 3T7
Email: sales1@tyrellpress.ca
1-800-267-4862 (Canada toll-free telephone)
1-800-574-0137 (United States toll-free telephone)
613-822-0740 (Worldwide telephone)
613-822-1089 (Facsimile)

and

DLS, St. Joseph Print Group
45 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard
Hull, Quebec K1A 0S7
1-888-562-5561 (Canada toll-free telephone)
1-800-565-7757 (Canada toll-free facsimile)
819-779-4335 (Worldwide telephone)
819-779-2833 (Worldwide facsimile)

Interested parties should submit their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or ASCII TXT) to facilitate posting on the Department's Web site. Documents submitted should be sent with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used. All comments should make reference to "Comments - Gazette Notice DGRB-002-01" and be sent to: spectrum_pubs@ic.gc.ca. Written submissions must be addressed to the Director General, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8. They must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and the Notice reference number (DGRB-002-01).

To ensure that all comments are duly considered, submissions must be received no later than 90 days following the publication of this notice. All comments will be posted on the Industry Canada Web site (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home) shortly thereafter.

February 8, 2001

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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