May 1, 2013
Mr. Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and
Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB)
1401 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dear Mr. Strickling,
In connection with the ongoing meetings of the U.S.-Canada Radio Technical Liaison Committee (RTLC), officials of the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and Industry Canada (IC) have discussed and exchanged information in an effort to reach a new arrangement regarding the coordination of radiocommunication services in the 2750-2850 MHz frequency band. During these meetings, NTIA and IC staff reached an understanding on draft text for this new Arrangement, "Arrangement P", attached to this letter.
Arrangement P was drafted in accordance with the Agreement between the United States of America and Canada on the Coordination and Use of Radio Frequencies Above 30 Megacycles per Second, effected by exchange of notes at Ottawa on October 24, 1962. This draft Arrangement P may become a part of that treaty or part of a potential replacement agreement and will be further reviewed by legal officers in this regard. Although the format of the attached Arrangement P may change, the technical and procedural provisions provide a basis for allowing licensees to implement services.
Taking the above into account, Canada intends to apply the operational provisions of Arrangement P to facilitate sharing and coordination of the 2750-2850 MHz frequency band. I would ask the NTIA to confirm that it intends to take the same course of action in this regard so that IC and NTIA can start to implement the appropriate inter-agency procedures.
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications