Tuesday, August 20, 2013

USA and Canada Agree to Border Spectrum Sharing

The U.S. and Canada have agreed on three interim spectrum sharing arrangements covering a range of wireless communications operations along the U.S.-Canada border.

The agreements, which were negotiated by the FCC and Industry Canada, govern the sharing and coordination of spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, 92-94 GHz and 94.1-95 GHz bands.  The agreement also covers general aviation air-to-ground communications services, and more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services. 

"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," stated Mignon Clyburn, acting FCC Chairwoman.

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