CanWISP Representation Efforts
One of the functions of CanWISP is to represent it's WISP members to both the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
Among their many responsibilities, these organizations regulate the Canadian Telecommuncations Industry (CRTC) and manage Canada's RF Spectrum (ISED). Below is a history of the various proceedings and consultations in which Canwisp has participated.
July 2023 - Telecom - Staff Letter addressed to the Distribution List
As highlighted in letters dated 28 November 2022 and 31 January 2023, the CRTC in partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) launched recruitment of participating wireless internet service providers (WISPs) for the third phase of the Measuring Broadband Canada (MBC) project in winter 2023. This phase is focused specifically on the performance of fixed wireless Internet services with download speeds of 50Mbps or faster as well as 10Mbps upload speeds (50+/10+) provided to Canadian homes.
In order to have a representative sample of fixed wireless subscribers in Canada, CRTC and ISED reached out to WISPs to participate. This participation consists of contacting their subscribers of fixed wireless services offering 50+/10+ speeds and providing them with the subscriber engagement material, so as to find volunteers willing to participate in the study. Information sessions were offered to provide WISPs with more information about the study and its methodology.
The MBC relies on WISPs’ involvement to ensure their subscribers are aware of the opportunity to participate in the study. To date, WISPs’ involvement has been voluntary... Continued in link
CanWISP Submission (July 2023)
March 2023 - Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2023-89
Since Telecom Regulatory Policy 2018-377 (the Broadband Fund policy) was established, there has been a substantial change in the funding environment with significant new funding available from all levels of government. There is also a growing focus on reconciliation between the Canadian government and Indigenous Peoples and on the role the Commission must play in advancing reconciliation.
To reflect this new environment, the Commission is launching a notice of consultation to look ahead to the future need for funding to improve broadband Internet services and mobile wireless services in Canada. In this review of the Broadband Fund policy, the Commission will consider
See The Coalition for our joint submission. (July 2023)
November 2022 - Consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2022 to 2026 (SPB-005-22)
Through this draft version of Spectrum Outlook 2022 to 2026 (the 2022 Outlook), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) seeks input from stakeholders to inform its management of Canada’s radio spectrum over the next five years.
CanWISP Submission (December 2022)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is initiating a consultation on a non-competitive local (NCL) licensing framework, with the intent to apply that framework to release spectrum in the 3900-3980 MHz band (referred to as the 3900 MHz band) and portions of the 26, 28 GHz and 38 GHz bands (millimetre wave bands, or mmWave bands). The specific portions of the mmWave bands to be included will be subject to the decision resulting from SPB-001-22, Consultation on a Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 26, 28 and 38 GHz Bands.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is initiating a consultation on a policy and licensing framework for the auction of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum licences in the bands 26.5-27.5 GHz (referred to as the 26 GHz band), 27.5-28.35 GHz (referred to as the 28 GHz band), and 37.6-40.0 GHz (referred to as the 38 GHz band) (collectively referred to as the mmWave bands) as announced in Canada Gazette notice SPB-001-22.
All Submissions (September 2022) including CanWISP Comments
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is initiating a consultation on a policy and licensing framework for the auction of spectrum licences in the band 3650-3900 MHz (herein after referred to as the 3800 MHz band) as announced in Canada Gazette notice SLPB-006-21. ISED is seeking comments on the policy and licensing considerations including auction format, rules and processes, as well as on conditions of licence for spectrum in the 3800 MHz band. Some of the proposals below would also affect the conditions of licence for flexible use licences in the flexible use operations in the 3500 MHz band (3450-3650 MHz). Furthermore, ISED is seeking comments on measures to support connectivity in rural and remote areas.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), is initiating a consultation to support innovation and the availability of rural services through the proposed introduction of a new supplementary licensing process (Access Licensing framework) for unused spectrum. This also includes consultation to support clarifications to ISED's framework to streamline subordinate licensing approvals and encourage greater use of these licences to increase use of spectrum, improvements to white space rules, as well as changes to the rural remote broadband system (RRBS) policy framework.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is hereby initiating a consultation on the technical and policy framework for licence-exempt use of the 5925-7125 MHz frequency band (referred to as the 6 GHz band).
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is initiating a consultation on the technical and policy framework for the 3650-4200 MHz band (referred to as the 3800 MHz band) to accommodate flexible use for fixed and mobile services. Proposed changes to the 3500-3650 MHz frequency allocation related to the status of fixed satellite service in the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations (CTFA) are also included in this consultation. This document also announces moratoria on certain licensing processes.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), on behalf of the Minister, is hereby initiating a consultation on a policy and licensing framework for the auction of spectrum licences in the band 3450-3650 MHz (referred to as the 3500 MHz band).
February 2019 - CRTC: Review of Mobile Wireless Services (TNC 2019-57)
The Commission is hereby initiating a proceeding to review mobile wireless services in Canada. This proceeding will focus on three key areas:
All Submissions (May 2019)
NOTE: CanWISP participated in this consultation and was one of over 500 Interventions submitted. I couldn’t find a direct link to specific submissions, but you can search them all here. We would suggest you look at our submission (Canwisp) as well as submissions by The Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) and the British Columbia Broadband Association (BCBA) each of which we endorsed in principle.
ISED stated: the intent of this notice is to announce a public consultation through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's (ISED) document entitled DGSO-002-18, Consultation on a New Set of Service Areas for Spectrum Licensing. Through the release of this document, ISED is initiating a consultation on a new set of smaller service areas for spectrum licensing (Tier 5) with a view of encouraging additional access to spectrum within rural areas, and supporting new technologies and emerging use cases.
ISED seeks comments on its service area proposals and invites respondents to submit alternative proposals for smaller service areas, along with supporting rationale.
NOTE: For this consultation CanWISP decided to work in a consortium including: British Columbia Broadband Association (BCBA), the Canadian Association of Wireless ISPs (Canwisp), the Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA), the Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (ITPA), Cogeco Communications Inc. (Cogeco), ECOTEL Inc. (ECOTEL), Sogetel Mobilité inc. (Sogetel) and SSi Micro Ltd. (SSi)
The intent of this notice is to announce a public consultation through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's (ISED) document entitled DGSO-001-18, Consultation on Licence Fees for Fixed Point-to-Point Radio Systems. Through the release of this document, ISED is initiating a consultation on modernizing the radio licence fee model for fixed point-to-point systems and their associated fees. These systems support data traffic carried by current and future 5G networks which will demand even more capacity. ISED seeks comments on modernizing the fee model with a view to increasing spectrum efficiencies, utilization and flexibility.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), on behalf of the Minister, is initiating a consultation on revisions to the 3450–3650 MHz band (referred to as the 3500 MHz band) to accommodate flexible use for fixed and mobile services. The consultation also seeks preliminary comments on the potential changes to the 3400–3450 MHz band and the 3650–4200 MHz band (referred to as the 3800 MHz band).
October 2017 - ISED: Consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2018 to 2022
April 2017 - CRTC: Development of the Commission’s broadband funding regime (TNC 2017-112)
In Telecom Regulatory Policy 2016-496, the Commission established the following universal service objective: Canadians, in urban areas as well as in rural and remote areas, have access to voice services and broadband Internet access services on both fixed networks and mobile wireless networks (referred to hereafter as “the objective”). The Commission further determined that it would establish a new funding mechanism to help (i) ensure access to the basic telecommunications services that form part of the objective, and (ii) close the gaps in connectivity.
The Commission hereby initiates a proceeding to examine matters related to the establishment of the broadband funding regime, including its governance, operating, and accountability frameworks, as well as eligibility and assessment criteria for proposed projects.
Through the release of this paper, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), on behalf of the Minister, is hereby initiating a consultation on a licensing framework for the auction of spectrum licences in the band (also known as the band) as announced in Canada Gazette notice .
April 2015 - CRTC: Review of Basic Telecommunications Services (TNC 2015-134)
All Submissions (July 2015)
December 2014 - ISED: Consultation on Repurposing the 600 MHz Band
Through the release of this document, Industry Canada is hereby initiating a consultation on repurposing spectrum in the 600 MHz band, as announced in the Canada Gazette, Part I, Notice No. SLPB-005-14. Comments are being sought on all aspects related to the repurposing of this band.
In November 2013, Industry Canada published , Decisions Concerning the Renewal of 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Licences (hereafter referred to as the Renewal Decision). The Renewal Decision indicated that the Department would launch a further consultation regarding certain aspects of the 3475-3650 MHz portion of the band (). To address the demands for this spectrum by both fixed and mobile services, the Department is seeking comments on a number of proposals to enable both services to operate in the 3500 MHz band: (a) a new classification of Tier 4 areas to differentiate between urban and rural areas; (b) a new licensing process to be used for fixed wireless access (FWA) licences; (c) a fundamental reallocation of the 3500 MHz band to introduce mobile services; and (d) a transition policy that could take effect pending decisions made following this consultation.