Consultation on a Licensing Framework for Broadband Radio Service (BRS) — 2500 MHz Band

9. Bidder Training and Support

189. Qualified bidders will receive the necessary information to participate in the auction several weeks prior to the start of the auction. Information will include a user manual for the auction system, instructions and passwords to access the secure auction system, along with the schedules for training, mock auctions and the start of the bidding process.

190. A mock auction will be held, likely during the week prior to the start of the auction, in order to allow qualified bidders to better familiarize themselves with the auction system.

191. On May 30, 2012, Industry Canada held an auction design information session to assist potential 700 MHz and 2500 MHz auction participants in gaining a greater understanding of the proposed auction format and rules. DVDs of the information session are available by contacting:

Information Session, Spectrum Auctions
Spectrum Auction Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A  0C8
Telephone: 613-991-0179
Fax: 613-957-4076
E-mail: ic.spectrumauctions-encheresduspectre.ic@canada.ca


10. Post-auction Licensing Process for Unassigned Licences

192. Industry Canada will consider making unassigned licences available for licensing through an alternative process, which could include a subsequent auction at a later date following the close of the initial auction. The timing and form of such a process will depend on the demand for the available licences. Industry Canada may conduct a public consultation should it consider it necessary.


11. Licence Renewal Process

193. Following the end of the initial licence term, the licensee will have a high expectation that a new licence will be issued for a subsequent term through a renewal process unless a breach of licence condition has occurred, a fundamental reallocation of spectrum to a new service is required, or an overriding policy need arises.

194. As part of the licence renewal process, the Minister of Industry retains the power to fix and amend the terms and conditions of spectrum licences during the term of the licence and at the end of the term in accordance with subsection 5(1) of the Radiocommunication Act. As noted in the FSAC, licence fees that reflect some measure of market value will apply to licences issued through a renewal process. Accordingly, the renewal process will serve to determine whether new licences will be issued, the terms and conditions that will apply to the new licences and the applicable licence fees.

195. Generally, approximately two years prior to the end of the licence term, Industry Canada will review whether there is a need for a fundamental reallocation of the spectrum to a new service, or whether an overriding policy need has arisen. A review of the licensee’s continued compliance with the conditions of licence will also begin. Industry Canada will launch a public consultation to discuss whether or not, in light of the above-noted issues, new licences should be issued for a subsequent term. The consultation paper will also propose, and invite comments on, licence conditions and fees that would apply during the subsequent licence term.

196. It is proposed that the renewal process include a public consultation process that would commence approximately two years prior to the end of the licence term.

11-1 Industry Canada is seeking comments on the proposed renewal process for spectrum licences in the 2500 MHz band.


12. Clarification Questions Process

197. As done in previous auctions, following a decision on the questions raised in this consultation paper, Industry Canada will accept written questions soliciting clarification of the rules and policies set out in the decision paper for a limited period of time, which will be specified in the final licensing framework. Written questions, submitted by the deadline and Industry Canada’s responses will be made public on Industry Canada’s website.


13. Submitting Comments

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

199. Written submissions should be addressed to the Director General, Spectrum Auctions Branch, DGSA, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8.

200. All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and the notice reference number (DGSO-004-12). Parties should submit their comments no later than November 19, 2012, 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 website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

201. Industry Canada will also provide interested parties with the opportunity to reply to comments from other parties. Reply comments will be accepted until December 17, 2012.

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


14. Related Information

203. All spectrum-related documents referred to in this paper are available on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

204. For further information concerning the process outlined in this document or related matters, contact:

Manager, Spectrum Auction Policy
Spectrum Auction Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A  0C8
Telephone: 613-954-3323
Fax: 613-957-4076
E-mail: ic.spectrumauctions-encheresduspectre.ic@canada.ca

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