Two concurrent ISED Public Consultations related to spectrum licensing regulatory frameworks

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The Problem

In August 2021, ISED – the Canadian spectrum regulator – published two public consultations related to spectrum licensing aimed at fostering network deployments and access to underused spectrum in rural and remote areas:

ISED’s overall objective was to improve access to service for rural and remote Canadians by imposing new deployment requirements on existing spectrum licences and by introducing a new licencing framework in rural and remote areas for unused spectrum.

An association of Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers engaged Networks, Economics & Strategy (NE&S) to undertake research and analysis in order to develop the well-argued, balanced submissions defending its members’ interests as well as the review and analyis of other stakeholders’ submissions in order to prepare the client’ Reply Comments for the ISED consultations.

How we Helped

NE&S assisted the clients as follows:

NE&S reviewed previous regulatory submissions prepared by our client on issues related to the consultations to ensure consistency. In the two submissions, NE&S supported the client by demonstrating the importance of its members as essential partners in creating a competitive telecommunications market and in the development of the local economy in rural and remote areas.

In the Reply to Comment phase of the 2 consultations, NE&S reviewed the key responses from the intervenors and grouped the submissions and proposals by key themes. NE&S prepared a synopsis of key arguments, issues and proposals by other key parties with our recommendations on prioritizing, supporting or rebutting the comments.


NE&S’s professional support during the submission process helped the client submit comments and reply to comments to ISED of good quality and in a timely manner.

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