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Satellite radio battle threatens to derail spectrum harmonization for fixed services

News | 07/24/2000 4:00 am EDT

Industry Canada’s proposal to open up new spectrum for fixed wireless services has re-opened a longstanding dispute between Canada and the U.S. over the introduction of digital radio broadcasting. At issue is a plan by the Canadian government to harmonize radio frequencies between us and our neighbour to the south, in four radio bands included in the 2285-2483.5 MHz range. The band that has Canada’s broadcasting industry worried is 2320-2345 MHz, frequencies that will be used in the U.S. for digital audio radio service by satellite (DARS).

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