U.S. and Canada Reach Border Spectrum Sharing Agreements
Allows broadband deployment, public safety narrowband systems
May 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission said it has reached several spectrum-sharing arrangements with Canada. The commission and its Canadian
counterpart, Industry Canada, have agreed through an
exchange of letters, on 10 interim spectrum-sharing arrangements covering
operations in their common border area.
These arrangements are expected to aid in the
deployment of mobile broadband and improve public safety communications.
am pleased to conclude these important arrangements with Canada, as they
are critical to preventing interference to commercial and public safety
licensees in the border region.I
appreciate the effort put forth by staff from the FCC, State Department and
Industry Canada,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, whose last day at the commission is Friday.
the technical agreements is one allowing wireless broadband and
high-speed Internet services to coexist along the U.S.-Canada border in the 3,650-3,700
MHz band. The agreement includes, among other things, the use of “contention-based protocols” to avoid
harmful interference while sharing the spectrum more efficiently.
Contention-based protocols allow multiple users to share the same spectrum by
defining the events that must occur when two or more devices attempt to
simultaneously access the same channel and establishing rules by which each
device is provided a reasonable opportunity to operate.
The technical sharing arrangement reached
on the 700 MHz band will allow public safety licensees on both sides of the
border to fully implement 700 MHz narrowband systems.The arrangement reflects the coordination of
the U.S. and Canadian public safety 700 MHz narrowband channel plans.
In addition, the United States and Canada
have agreed upon several other spectrum sharing arrangements including Personal
Communications Services; Advanced Wireless Services; public safety operations
in the 4,940-4,990 MHz band; and railway communications systems.These arrangements provide coordination and
sharing protocols for spectrum used for Wireless LAN, Mesh Network and Wi-Fi
hotspots, fixed point-to-point/multipoint services and broadband traffic.