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FCC and Industry Canada Agree On New Spectrum Sharing Arrangements

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Released: August 20, 2013

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



August 20, 2013

Justin Cole, 202-418-8191

FCC and Industry Canada Agree on New Spectrum Sharing Arrangements Along the U.S.-

Canada Border

Arrangements Will Facilitate Deployment of Wireless Broadband Services and General Aviation

Air-to-Ground Communications Service

Washington D.C The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada have
agreed on three interim spectrum sharing arrangements covering a range of wireless communications
operations along the U.S.-Canada border. The arrangements, which govern various spectrum bands,
will enable greater wireless broadband deployment, improved general aviation air-to-ground
communications services, and more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services.
Commenting on the new spectrum sharing arrangements, Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn
said: "The arrangements announced today will help pave the way for improved wireless broadband
deployment along the U.S.-Canada border for consumers and businesses, among other multiple
public and commercial benefits. The arrangements are also critical to maximizing interference
protection for commercial licensees operating along our common border with Canada, and will also
promote more efficient use of spectrum. The arrangements were reached as a result of a
collaborative effort by the FCC, the State Department, NTIA and Industry Canada."
The three spectrum sharing arrangements are:

Fixed Services Arrangement V 71-76, 81-86, and 94.1-95 GHz.

This new Arrangement among the
FCC, NTIA and Industry Canada will facilitate deployment of fixed services within the border area, and
will allow licensees to provide a broad range of products and services, including backhaul for mobile
broadband networks, high-speed wireless local area networks and broadband Internet access over high
bandwidth point to point links. It governs the sharing and coordination of spectrum in the 71-76 GHz,
81-86 GHz, 92-94 GHz and 94.1-95 GHz bands.

Air-to-Ground Services Statement of Intent for the Frequency Bands 454.6625-454.9875 MHz and
459.6625-459.9875 MHz.

This new Statement of Intent allows for creation of a nationwide digital
system covering the sharing and coordination of spectrum for the establishment and operation of general
aviation air-ground services. It provides for sharing of spectrum when operations are located within
various distances (ranging from approximately 490 580 kilometers) of the common border, specifically
air-to-ground and fixed services in the 454.6625-454.9875 MHz and 459.6625-459.9875 MHz bands.

Specialized Mobile Radio Services Arrangement U 896-901 and 935-940 MHz.

The 896-901 and
935-940 MHz bands are used by the Specialized Mobile Radio Services (SMR) and the

business/industrial radio services primarily for voice communications. This new Arrangement, which
governs the sharing and coordination of such services operating within 100 kilometers of the common
border, simplifies the criteria for permitting secondary users in the band, thus enabling more efficient use
of the spectrum while protecting primary users. Because Arrangement U may become part of a larger
treaty or replacement agreement governing services operating above 30 MHz, the operational provisions
of Arrangement U will be applied on an interim basis pending further review by legal officers.
The arrangements and accompanying letters are available for reference in the FCC's Reference
Information Center at 445 12th Street, S.W., Courtyard Level, Washington, D.C. 20554. Copies may be
purchased by contacting the FCC's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445
12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington D.C. 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160, facsimile 202-
488-5563, or via e-mail at The arrangements and exchange of letters are available at
Contacts: Larry Olson, International Bureau at (202) 418-2142, Tim Maguire, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-2155, and Stephen Buenzow, Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau at (717) 338-2647.
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