Industry Canada is conducting a second round of consultations on the uses of spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands by fixed services, the department announced last week. The wireless industry approached Industry Canada to make the bands available to support the deployment of broadband applications. The first consultation took place in 2004. “The unique propagation conditions that exist in these millimetre-wave frequency bands and the use of highly directional pencil-sized beams can provide for gigabit capacity in a spectrum environment where close proximity deployments can be achieved while minimizing the potential for interference,” the department wrote. The consultation will accept comments regarding the bands’ future use by fixed services, including designation, band plan, technical characteristics and licensing approach, the department said. Comments will be accepted until the deadline of Oct. 21, 2011.