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Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Posted on Industry Canada website: April 8, 2009
Publication Date in Canada Gazette: April 11, 2009

Notice No. DGRB-001-09Consultation on Revisions to the Framework for Spectrum Auctions in Canada

This notice announces the release of the above-mentioned consultation.

Two recently released consultations, Consultation on a Framework to Auction Spectrum in the 2 GHz Range including Advanced Wireless Services and Consultation on the Renewal of 24 and 38 GHz Spectrum Licences and Spectrum Licence Fees for 24, 28 and 38 GHz Bands, indicated that Industry Canada would be launching this consultation to provide clarification on the renewal of long-term licences.

Although comments are being accepted on all aspects of the Framework, input is sought on three areas in particular:

  • the use of auction types other than simultaneous multiple-round ascending;
  • the use of auctions as a means of awarding satellite licences; and
  • the renewal of long-term spectrum licences.

Revisions are also being made to sections 5 and 6 of the 2001 Framework by significantly reducing the level of detail provided, noting that the consultation published prior to each auction will provide detailed information on the auction process, design and rules.

The Department is also taking the opportunity to seek comments on two other issues related to long-term spectrum licences: the research and development condition of licence and Tier areas for spectrum licensing.

Submitting comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (XHTML, WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following e-mail address: spectrum.operations@ic.gc.ca.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Director, Spectrum Management Operations, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and notice reference number DGRB-001-09. Parties should submit their comments no later than June 15, 2009, to ensure consideration. Soon after the close of the comment period, all comments received will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

The Department will also provide interested parties with the opportunity to reply to comments from other parties. Reply comments will be accepted until July 15, 2009.

Obtaining copies

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

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed at www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/index-eng.html. Printed copies of the Canada Gazette can be ordered by telephoning the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

Original signed on April 2, 2009

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Michael D. Connolly
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch