Industry Canada puts moratorium on the use of television channel 51

In a letter to the CRTC last month, Industry Canada says it has put a moratorium on the use of television channel 51, the current upper limit of the broadcast spectrum band.

The Canadian move follows similar actions by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last August.

Industry Canada says it’s taking the action in order to promote the deployment of wireless broadband services in the lower part of 700 MHz (A Block) spectrum. In the past, wireless companies have argued that wireless services could be subjected to disruptive interference if TV broadcasting were allowed on channel 51.

By making the lower part of the 700 Mhz band less subject to television interference, Industry Canada should also be able to extract more money from wireless companies in the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction.

The department says the decision applies to all regular power and low power TV applications and is effective immediately. The moratorium affects only the applications for new or modification to facilities predicated on increased usage of the spectrum. It does not affect existing regular power or low power television stations on channel 51. Those stations may continue to operate previously authorized facilities.

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4 Responses to “Industry Canada puts moratorium on the use of television channel 51”
  1. David Iotani says:

    Oh no, does this mean I will be losing Family Channel on Rogers?