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Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. SMSE-018-10 — Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the 700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum

The purpose of this notice is to announce a public consultation on the use of the 700 MHz band by commercial mobile services. The consultation will also discuss various issues that are relevant to other bands that are currently licensed, or may be licensed in the future, for commercial mobile use.

General information

Through the release of its consultation paper, Industry Canada is initiating a consultation on a policy and technical framework to auction spectrum in the band 698-806 MHz (also known as the 700 MHz band). Comments are sought on general policy considerations related to commercial mobile broadband spectrum use, competition issues and on the use of the 700 MHz band for commercial mobile services. In addition, the Department is seeking comments on spectrum use for public safety broadband applications.

Noting that the Department will consult on licensing measures for the band 2 500-2 690 MHz in a separate consultation, this paper also seeks views on whether or not government measures are required to promote competition, in the context of spectrum being made available in both bands.

Commercial licensees, public safety entities, low-power television operators, prospective licensees in both this band and the band 2 500-2 690 MHz, equipment manufacturers, members of the public (in particular, those in the rural areas of Canada) and other stakeholders are encouraged to read this document and to submit a reply to questions of interest to them.

Submitting comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF), along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used, to the following email address: Spectrum.Engineering@ic.gc.ca.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Manager, Mobile Technology and Services, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0C8.

All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and the notice reference number (SMSE-018-10). Recognizing the scope of the paper and the holiday season, the Department is providing a longer than normal comment period. To ensure consideration, parties should submit their comments no later than February 28, 2011. 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 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 March 30, 2011.

Following the initial comment period, the Department may, at its discretion, request additional information if needed to clarify significant positions or new proposals. In such a case, the reply comment deadline would be extended.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of documents referred to herein are available electronically on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at 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 Publishing and Depository Services at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

November 30, 2010

MARC DUPUIS
Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

FIONA GILFILLAN
Director General
Spectrum Management Operations Branch

PAMELA MILLER
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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