Archived — Gazette Notice No. DGRB-006-03

Department of Industry

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-006-03Spectrum Licensing Policy for Cellular and Incumbent Personal Communications Services (PCS)

This Notice announces the release of the paper entitled Spectrum Licensing Policy for Cellular and Incumbent Personal Communications Services (PCS). This document outlines Industry Canada's proposal for the transition of cellular and incumbent PCS licences to spectrum licences similar to those issued following the auction of additional PCS spectrum in the 2 GHz range, thereby eliminating the requirement for radio licences and introducing a new, common fee regime.

In December 2002, the department released Gazette Notice No. DGRB-004-02 entitled Consultation on a New Fee and Licensing Regime for Cellular and Incumbent Personal Communications Services (PCS) Licensees. Industry Canada proposed a transition of the cellular and incumbent PCS licensees to new licensing and fee regimes based on spectrum licences and a common fee. Comments and reply comments were received in March and April 2003. Industry Canada analysed all the comments received on the various aspects of the policy and licensing process and is now in a position to define the final policy for the transition of cellular and incumbent PCS licensees to the new licensing regime.

Obtaining Copies

Copies of this notice and documents referred to are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Official printed copies of gazette notices can be obtained from the Canada Gazette Web site at: www.gazette.gc.ca/index-eng.html or by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 819-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

December 12, 2003

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunication and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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