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Archived — Notice No. SMRR-001-94

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. SMRR-001-94

Public Review of the Comparative Selection and Radio Licensing Process

This notice initiates a public review of Industry Canada's comparative selection and radio licensing process. This process is used to select successful applicants from among those who respond to a departmental call for applications for non-broadcasting, radiocommunication services. A call for applications is used as a means of considering applications in unique circumstances as such may occur with the newly available spectrum where the anticipated number of applicants is too great for what can be accommodated within this spectrum and/or where traditional licensing procedures may not adequately consider the full scope of the social, economic and technical factors involved. Industry Canada is responsible, under the Telecommunications Act and Radiocommunication Act, for ensuring the orderly development of telecommunications and radiocommunication systems in Canada. In 1992, the Department elaborated a Spectrum Policy Framework for the 21st century. Three of the core objectives of this policy are:

  • to plan and manage the utilization of the spectrum resource in accordance with legislative and public policy objectives through continuing review and improvement of the spectrum management process;
  • to further improve an efficient and optimum use of the spectrum resource through adoption of advanced spectrum allocation and management techniques based on operational requirements and technical and economic viability;
  • to ensure flexibility and adaptability and ease of access to the spectrum resource in response to technological advances, economic, social and market factors.

Furthermore, during the recent selection of public digital cordless telephone service providers, some concerns were raised by applicants and by interested parties about certain aspects of the comparative process. The Department determined that, to address these concerns, a public review of the process would be held. The review will consider comments and suggestions on all aspects of the current process, other options or alternatives and issues deemed relevant to the process. At the conclusion of this public review, Industry Canada will release a Client Procedures Circular describing the procedures of the selection and radio licensing process it will use for future calls for applications. This circular will be made available to the public.

To ensure consideration of your comments and suggestions, submissions must be received on or before July 23, 1994. For detailed information on this review, please refer to the document Public Review of the Comparative Selection and Radio Licensing Process. Copies of this document may be obtained on request from Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8, attention DOSP-P, or from the Department's regional offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal or Moncton. This document may also be obtained via the Internet.

April 23, 1994

R. W. Jones
Director General Radio Regulatory Branch

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