Exchange of Letters for Arrangement P

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.

Sincerely,

Kelly Gillis
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications


United States Department of Commerce
The Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
Washington, D.C. 20230

May 17, 2013

Ms. Kelly Gillis
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Spectrum, Information Technologies
and Telecommunications
Industry Canada
Jean Edmonds Tower North
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON KIA OC8 Canada

Dear Ms. Gillis:

Thank you for your letter dated May 1, 2013 regarding the discussions between our staffs in the U.S.­ Canada Radio Technical Liaison Committee on a new arrangement, Arrangement P, concerning the coordination of radiocommunication services in the 2750-2850 MHz band. Our staffs met and reached an understanding on this draft text for the new arrangement, which was developed pursuant to 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. Your letter states that Canada intends to apply the operational provisions of this arrangement and asks the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to confirm that it intends to take the same course of action.

With this letter, I confirm that NTIA intends to implement the operational provisions of the draft Arrangement P enclosed in your letter. We understand that this draft Arrangement P may be brought into force and added to the Technical Annex of the treaty referenced above in the future, or it could be reflected in a potential replacement agreement. We look forward to working with the Department of State and communicating with you and your staff with regard to the necessary legal review and policy decisions.

Thanks to you and your staff for working with us on these documents. We look forward to finalizing this arrangement and continuing our collaborative work in the future.

Sincerely,

Lawrence E. Strickling


Enclosure

Arrangement P: Sharing arrangement between the Department of Industry of Canada and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States of America concerning the use of the frequency band 2750 to 2850 MHz for the 10.7 cm solar radio flux monitoring programme at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory located near Penticton, BC, Canada

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