Global Coordination with Canada for a Productive Incentive Auction

Today we are pleased to announce that individuals concluded another critical step in our efforts to harmonize our TELEVISION and wireless spectrum bands with Canada in preparation for the 2016 Incentive Auction. This follows the particular similar results we reached with South america last month.

FCC and Industry Canada staff have finalized a Statement of Purpose (SOI) setting forth a platform and timeline for repurposing TELEVISION spectrum for mobile broadband on both sides of the border. This came into being in conjunction with Industry Canada issuing its Decision on repurposing the 600 MHz Band.

Included in the Decision, Industry Canadawill adopt exactly the same 600 MHz Band Plan the FCC adopted last year. Industry Canada and the FCC will jointly repack TV stations on the same timetable. Combined repacking will produce significantly increased benefits and a better result regarding both countries, making more broadband spectrum available than if each country proceeded independently.

The SOI significantly reduces possible interference to future wireless functions in the border region. That means more “clean” spectrum to meet the increasing consumer demand for mobile broadband in both countries. By giving incentive auction participants the confidence that boundary markets will face less possible interference from Canadian broadcast channels, the SOI will promote more competitive bidding for licenses along the border and in turn encourage more U. S. broadcasters to participate in the particular auction.

SOIs are part of the normal course of coordination with the northern neighbor. In fact , the DTV transition was based on a similar set up with Canada and subsequent, more in depth final arrangements.

The particular SOI is another critical step on the path to a successful incentive auction. Moreover, this particular SOI with Industry Canada plus our recent coordination with our alternatives in Mexico establish the foundation for the harmonized use of the 600 MHz music group in North America that promises the benefits of economies of scale and scope to consumers in Canada, South america, and the United States.

All of us thank our counterparts at Industry Canada for their hard work in implementing these plans to successfully repurpose the 600 MHz band in the public interest.


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