Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of the Frequency 929.6625 MHz

Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of Frequency 929.6625 MHz

Recognizing that the priority use of the frequency 929.6625 MHz, pursuant to the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929-932 MHz between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada (IC)Footnote 1 (the "Agencies"), remains with the United States.

Considering that Bell Mobility Inc. in Canada and USA Mobility Wireless Inc. in the United States have been granted authority to use this frequency in their respective countries; and

Considering that it is desirable for FCC and IC to grant authorizations to USA Mobility Wireless Inc. (the U.S. licensee) and Bell Mobility Inc. (the Canadian licensee) to facilitate communications along the common border between the United States and Canada,

It is acknowledged and understood that:

Industry Canada may authorize the use of frequency 929.6625 MHz between Line B, as defined in paragraph 2 of Arrangement A of the "Above 30 MHz Coordination Agreement,"Footnote 2 and the Canada/U.S. border (hereinafter "the coordination zone"), subject to the following conditions:

  • stations established under this special coordination procedure should respect the technical criteria as outlined in the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929-932 MHz;
  • stations established under this special coordination procedure should respect the licensing and frequency conditions and any other conditions imposed by IC with respect to area(s) of operation or any other operating parameters as specified;
  • agreement should be reached between the Canadian and U.S. licensees for each proposed Canadian station within the coordination zone before it is placed in operation;
  • the U.S. licensee has priority use of the frequency 929.6625 MHz within the coordination zone and its use by the Canadian licensee within the coordination zone should not adversely affect any U.S. operations on this frequency;
  • no service should be offered by the Canadian licensee within the U.S.;
  • in the event of any harmful interference from Canadian stations established under this procedure within the coordination zone to U.S. operations on this frequency, the Canadian licensee would take immediate action to resolve the situation, and
  • the authorization is not transferrable without the written consent of both agencies.

Recognizing the priority use to the U.S., this procedure supersedes the exclusive use of 929.6625 MHz in the coordination zone by the U.S. licensee as indicated in the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929-932 MHz between the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada.

This procedure may be discontinued by either the FCC or IC at any time, but either agency should endeavour to provide three months written notice of such discontinuation. In the case of discontinuation of this procedure, any established stations should be permitted to continue operating with their current parameters but only for a period of time mutually determined by IC and FCC.

This procedure is acknowledged as an understanding between the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada and becomes effective on the date of signature by representatives of both agencies.



Roderick Porter for

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Mindell De La Torre
Chief, International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Date: February 9, 2012


Guy Mitchell for

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Marc Dupuis
Director General, Engineering,
Planning and Standards Branch
Industry Canada
Date: February 8, 2012


Our file: 46129-1 (261531BI)

February 8, 2012

Ms. Mindel De La Torre
Chief, International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554

Dear Ms. De La Torre:

Bell Mobility Inc. of Canada has entered into an agreement with USA Mobility Wireless Inc. of the United States for the shared use of the paging frequency 929.6625 MHz in the Canada/U.S. border area.

This frequency is given priority to the U.S. as outlined in the Interim Coordination Considerations for the Band 929-932 MHz between the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada. It is our understanding that USA Mobility Wireless Inc. will be the only U.S. company authorized to use this frequency. With this in mind, and noting the agreement between the two companies, a special coordination procedure has been drafted to permit the use of this frequency by both Bell Mobility Inc. and USA Mobility Wireless Inc. for their paging operations.

On behalf of Industry Canada, I am forwarding, for your consideration, copies of the special coordination procedure and would appreciate your consideration of this matter. If you are in agreement, please confirm your acceptance of the attached procedure as an understanding between our two agencies by returning one signed copy.

Sincerely,

Marc Dupuis
Director General,
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

Enclosures


Footnotes

Footnote 1

September 14, 1983 letter between the FCC and Industry Canada (formerly the Canadian Department of Communications).

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Footnote 2

Exchange of Notes between the Governments of Canada and the United States, October 24, 1962.

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