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Ottawa, 17 February 1999
Decision CRTC 99-41
Rick Sawa, on behalf of a non-profit society to be incorporated
Big River First Nation Reserve, Saskatchewan - 199805298
7 December 1998 Public Hearing in Montréal
New radiocommunication distribution undertaking
1. The Commission approves the application for a licence to carry on a radiocommunication distribution undertaking (subscription television system) to serve Big River First Nation Reserve. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue to a licence expiring 31 August 2005.
2. The authority granted in this decision will only be effective and the Commission will only issue the licence at such time as it receives documentation establishing that an eligible Canadian corporation has been incorporated in accordance with the application in all material respects and that this corporation may be issued a licence.
3. This licensee is authorized to distribute, in encrypted mode, the programming services of The Sports Network and The Discovery Channel, on channels 40 and 46, with a transmitter power of 25 watts and CJRL-FM La Ronge, on the frequency 95.7 MHz (channel 239LP), with an effective radiated power of 38 watts.
4. The Department of Industry has advised that channels 40 and 46 will have an effective radiated power of 25 watts rather than 63.7 watts, as indicated in Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 1998-7 dated 2 October 1998.
5. The Commission notes that the licence of this undertaking will be held by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership and management by members of the community at large.
6. The licence will only be issued and effective when the undertaking is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the undertaking is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today's date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.
7. The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that the application for the FM transmitter is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a Broadcasting Certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
8. In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
Secretary General
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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