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Following a Public Hearing in Montreal on 22 November 1988, the Commission approves the application for a licence for a French-language FM radio broadcasting transmitting undertaking at Rivière-du-Gouffre (Baie Saint-Paul) on the frequency 92.1 MHz, channel 221, with an effective radiated power of 15 watts, to rebroadcast the programs of CIHO-FM Saint-Hilarion.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 30 September 1989, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued. This term will enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence at the same time as that of the originating station.
The Commission notes that the Department of Communications (DOC) has advised that the rebroadcaster will use an effective radiated power of 15 watts rather than the 48 watts indicated in CRTC Notice of Public Hearing 1988-56 dated 23 September 1988.
The Commission notes that approval of this application is inconsistent with its long-standing policy which precludes the use of more than one frequency to serve a single market. However, the Commission is satisfied that a departure is justified in the present circumstance because of the poor technical quality of the signal receivable in Baie Saint-Paul, Saint-Urbain and Rivière-du-Gouffre. This assessment of the signal quality was initially made by the applicant's engineering consultant and subsequently confirmed by DOC.
The channel approved by this decision is an unprotected channel. Accordingly, the applicant would have to select another channel for the operation of the rebroadcaster should optimum utilization of the broadcasting spectrum so require.
The Commission wishes to point out that should the applicant request authority to operate a third rebroadcaster within CIHO-FM's coverage area, the continued operation of the main transmitter located on Mont-des-Éboulements would have to be reviewed.
It is a condition of licence that construction of this undertaking be completed and that it be in operation within twelve months of the date of this decision or, where the applicant applies to the Commission within this period and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete implementation before the expiry of this twelve-month period and that an extension of this period is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission.