Arrangement T

Sharing arrangement between the Department of Industry of Canada and the Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America concerning the use of the frequency band 160.200-161.580 MHz for land mobile and fixed services by railroad communications systems along the Canada-United States border

The Department of Industry of Canada (“Industry Canada”) and the Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America (“FCC”), hereinafter referred to as the “Agencies”,

Have agreed to the following:

1. Scope

1.1 This Arrangement is done pursuant to the Exchange of Notes (October 24, 1962) between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America concerning the coordination and use of radio frequencies above thirty megacycles per second, with annex, done at Ottawa October 24, 1962, as amended, and covers the sharing and coordination of frequency spectrum for the establishment and operation of land mobile and fixed railroad communication systems in the band 160.200-161.580 MHz along the Canada-United States border.

1.2 This Arrangement is subject to review at any time at the request of either Agency, the U.S. Department of State or the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada.

2. General Principles

2.1 The Agencies shall share the frequency band 160.200-161.580 MHz on an equal basis within 120 km of the Canada-United States border (“the coordination zone”). To the extent possible, the Agencies shall also have full use of this frequency band within their respective countries for the deployment of land mobile and fixed railroad communications systems.

2.2 Use of frequencies within the band 160.200-161.580 MHz for other than railroad communications shall be subject to the procedures set out in Arrangement A annexed to the Agreement concerning the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above Thirty Megacycles per Second, as amended 24 June 1965. The Agencies shall also ensure that such use does not unduly constrain the deployment of railroad communications systems within the railroad service areas.

2.3 The Agencies shall take into account No. 5.226 of the International Telecommunication Union Radio Regulations, as amended from time to time, when authorizing the use of frequencies within the band 160.200-161.580 MHz.

3. Cross-Border Coordination

3.1 The Agencies shall require that licensees, who operate railroad transmitting stations within the band 160.200-161.580 MHz in their respective railroad service areas on both sides of the border within the coordination zone, coordinate with licensees on the other side of the border. This coordination can be effected through the Agencies, through railroad associationsFootnote 1 or other entities as may be designated by the Agencies, which can carry out the required coordination on behalf of the licensees.

3.2 The Agencies may designate associations or other entities to effect coordination provided that they enter into agreements with the railroad association Footnote 2 on the other side of the border that: (1) facilitate coordination and allow for the reasonable and timely development of the respective radio systems of the licensees and (2) allow for the provision of services by each railroad licensee within its licensed service area to the maximum extent possible and (3) facilitate resolution of harmful interference, should it occur.

3.3 The Agencies shall encourage railroad associations to take full advantage of interference mitigation techniques such as antenna directivity, polarization, frequency offset, shielding, site selection and/or power control to facilitate the coordination of the licensees’ systems.

3.4 To facilitate cross-border coordination between railroad associations, the Agencies shall encourage the railroad associations to exchange data as listed in Annex A to this Arrangement.

3.5 In the event that the designated railroad associations cannot reach a mutually acceptable agreement, either party may request a resolution of the case by the Agencies. A station subject to coordination shall not be placed in operation until an agreement has been reached between the railroad associations or until the Agencies have agreed on sharing terms.

3.6 If a licence for railroad operations is transferred, assigned or reissued, the Agencies shall require any existing agreements that formed the basis of coordination in the border area to continue to apply with respect to the new railroad licensee unless a new agreement is reached.

3.7 If no licensee exists on the other side of the border, then the railroad association may request a resolution by the Agencies.

3.8 Upon request by either Agency, the other Agency shall provide all data and calculations used in determining compliance with this Arrangement.

Annex A — Parameters for Coordination

  • Licensee information (Corporate name/Mailing address/Phone/Fax/Email address)
  • Location of transmitter (Community/State/Province)
  • Geographical coordinates of transmitting antenna (NAD 83)
  • Equivalent Radiated Power (ERP) (dBW)
  • Ground elevation and antenna height above ground (m)
  • Centre frequency (MHz)
  • Polarization
  • Antenna pattern/tabulation of the pattern
  • Azimuth of the maximum antenna gain
  • Bandwidth and Emission designation
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