Gazette Notice No.DGSO-002-12

Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Posted on Industry Canada website: April 25, 2012
Publication Date in Canada Gazette: May 5, 2012

Notice No. DGSO-002-12Consultation on a Licensing Framework for Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) — 700 MHz Band

The intent of this notice is to announce the release of the above-mentioned consultation document on a licensing framework related to the upcoming auction for Mobile Broadband Services in the 700 MHz band. In particular, the consultation seeks comments related to the licensing process, auction format and conditions of licence applicable to the 700 MHz band.

This consultation follows the March 14, 2012 release of the document entitled Policy and Technical Framework: Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) – 700 MHz Band, Broadband Radio Service (BRS) – 2500 MHz Band, which set out Industry Canada's general policy decisions for both the band 698-806 MHz (known as the 700 MHz band) and the band 2500-2690 MHz (known as the 2500 MHz band).

Submitting comments

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

Written submissions should be addressed to the Manager, Spectrum Auctions, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8.

To ensure consideration, parties should submit their comments no later than June 25, 2012. 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 25, 2012.

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.

All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and the notice reference number (DGSO-002-12).

Information session

In order to assist potential bidders in gaining a greater understanding of the proposed auction format and rules, Industry Canada will hold an information session on May 30, 2012. The session will provide an overview of the proposed auction format and rules for the 700 MHz auction, and may be of interest to potential bidders in the 2500 MHz auction.

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 http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

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Original signed on April 19, 2012

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FIONA GILFILLAN
Director General
Spectrum Management Operations Branch