Two ISED Consultations: Cellular&PCS + Regulatory Framework Access Licensing

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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 as well as review and analysis of other stakeholders’ submissions in order to prepare the clients’ 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 clients by demonstrating the importance of the clients as an essential partner in creating a competitive telecommunications market and 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.



Impact

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

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