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Ottawa, 9 August 2011

Câblevision TRP-SDM inc.
Rimouski, Quebec

Administrative renewal

1.      The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the radiocommunication distribution undertaking multipoint distribution system (MDS) serving Rimouski, Quebec, from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2013, subject to the terms and conditions in effect under the current licence.

2.      In Multipoint Distribution Systems (MDS) – New licensing regime, Broadcasting Information Bulletin 2011-479, 9 August 2011(Broadcasting Information Bulletin 2011-479), also issued today, the Commission announced the new licensing regime for MDS beginning 1 September 2011. As of that date, the Commission will no longer issue MDS broadcasting licences. The Department of Industry (the Department) has converted various broadcasting certificates issued to MDS undertakings to Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licences. Any BRS licensee that requires a CRTC licence because it chooses to offer broadcasting services but does not meet all criteria set out in the Commission’s exemption order for BDUs will need to apply for a standard BDU licence. The licence will be subject to all standard requirements, including those for carriage of services, set out in the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations.

3.      The Commission notes that this licensee has obtained an interim authority from the Department to continue to use the one-third portion of previously assigned spectrum that must be returned, until the spectrum auction takes place. The Department has indicated that it will extend the licensee’s broadcasting certificate on that basis.

4.      However, should Câblevision TRP-SDM inc. decide to continue offering broadcasting services beyond 31 August 2013, it will be required to operate under the new licensing regime as set out in Broadcasting Information Bulletin 2011-479. A BDU licence application must be filed with the Commission at least 6 months prior to the expiration of the current licence.

5.      The Commission notes, however, that pursuant to section 22 of the Broadcasting Act, Câblevision TRP-SDM inc.’s licence will cease to have any force or effect if the broadcasting certificate issued by the Department lapses.

Secretary General

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