Gazette Notice SMSE-007-12

Department of Industry
Radiocommunication Act

Gazette Notice SMSE-007-12 — Consultation on a Policy, Technical and Licensing Framework for Use of the Public Safety Broadband Spectrum in the Bands 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz (D Block) and 763-768 MHz and 793-798 MHz (PSBB Block)

The purpose of this notice is to announce a public consultation on the designation of use for the 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz bands (700 MHz band upper D block, hereinafter referred to as the D block). It is proposed that the D block be designated for public safety broadband use.

Industry Canada is also consulting on some preliminary technical and licensing issues for the bands 763-768 MHz and 793-798 MHz (Public Safety Broadband or PSBB block), which has already been designated for public safety broadband use. If the D block is designated for public safety broadband use, the technical and licensing framework will apply to it as well.

A follow-up consultation will later be initiated to establish the details of the technical and licensing framework for all 700 MHz spectrum that is designated for public safety broadband use.

Commercial operators, public safety entities, equipment manufacturers, members of the public 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) to the following e-mail address: Spectrum.Engineering@ic.gc.ca. In addition, respondents are asked to specify question numbers for ease of referencing.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Manager, Mobile Systems, 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-007-12). To ensure consideration, parties should submit their comments no later than October 24, 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 November 26, 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.

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.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.

August 10, 2012

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MARC DUPUIS
Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

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FIONA GILFILLAN
Director General
Spectrum Management Operations Branch

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