Archived—Call for Proposals is closed

August 14, 2003

John Keitt Hane III
Pegasus Communications
225 City Line Avenue, Suite 200
Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA 19004

Dear Mr. Hane,

Thank you for your update of July 14, 2003 on the activities of Pegasus Development Corporation (Pegasus) in developing an application to license the use of Ka band spectrum at the 107.3 °W orbital position.

In issuing its 2001 Call for Proposals to License Expeditiously a Ka Band Space Station at the 107.3 °West Longitude Orbital Position, Industry Canada was seeking innovative proposals that would lead to a qualified applicant with a plan that would see a Canadian Ka band satellite in operation by April 25, 2004. As you are aware, we received two proposals in response to the Call, one of which was withdrawn. Then, earlier this year, given there appeared little time remaining for a qualified applicant to implement a satellite by the required in-service date of April 25, 2004, I advised you the Department was considering whether to leave the licensing process open and asked for an update.

We conclude from your report, as well as from discussions between you and members of my staff, that such an outcome is no longer possible. As a consequence, Industry Canada is, by means of this letter, closing the licensing process and will no longer consider applications submitted pursuant to the 2001 Call for Proposals. As we are now closing the process for licensing, Industry Canada will no longer pursue international coordination for use of Ka band spectrum at the 107.3 °W position.

I also note your view that as a result of a changed regulatory environment in the United States, the prospect for a future joint venture application with Canadian parties to develop the use of Ka band spectrum at the 107.3 °W orbital position remains possible. As this licensing process is closed, Industry Canada would be in a position to consider such applications on a first-come, first-served basis from qualified applicants, including a Canadian-owned and controlled applicant with participation from Pegasus.

Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our Call for Proposals. In keeping with our commitment to fair, open and transparent licensing processes, Industry Canada will post this letter on its Strategis website. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Richard Hiebert at 613-998-4333.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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