ARCHIVED - Public Notice CRTC 2001-39-2

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Public Notice CRTC 2001-39-2


See also: 2001-39, 2001-39-1, 2001-39-3, 2001-39-4

Ottawa, 23 August 2001




In Public Notice CRTC 2001-39 the Commission invited interested parties to file applications for AM and/or FM broadcasting licences to serve the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by 22 May 2001.


However, the Commission suspended the call for applications (Public Notice CRTC 2001-39-1) in order to accommodate Industry Canada's review of broadcasting capacity in the GTA.


On 20 July 2001, Industry Canada announced that additional radio broadcasting capacity would be made available in the GTA, stating:


"Industry Canada has evaluated the radio programming capacity in the region and determined that there are seven channels available to accommodate new AM radio services, ten program channels for new digital radio services, and two frequencies available for small FM stations."


Industry Canada also stated that it was exploring other options such as relaxing technical rules, examining Subsidiary Communication Multiplex Operation (SCMO) sub-carriers, and monitoring international spectrum allocation and has indicated that:


".additional FM radio capacity may be found by relaxing existing technical rules. Industry Canada is currently testing radio receivers to ensure interference-free reception of existing and new FM radio stations. When testing concludes at the end of 2001, Industry Canada will analyse the results and, if appropriate, propose new technical rules."


In view of Industry Canada's continuing evaluation of its technical rules and FM radio capacity, the Commission considers that it would be premature to re-activate the GTA radio call until Industry Canada has completed its testing and issued its conclusions. Accordingly, the Commission hereby continues to suspend the deadline for filing applications until further notice.


The Commission, therefore, expects to reactivate this call during the winter of 2002 with a possible public hearing in the spring of 2002.


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Date Modified: 2001-08-23

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