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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. 

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:

  • Competition in the retail market
  • The current wholesale mobile wireless service regulatory framework, with a focus on wholesale MVNO access
  • The future of mobile wireless services in Canada, with a focus on reducing barriers to infrastructure deployment
NOTE: What Canwisp members should understand is with this consultation, the CRTC is considering whether and how to encourage more competition in the mobile wireless market. 
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.

November 2018 - ISED: Consultation on a New Set of Service Areas for Spectrum Licensing (DGSO-002-18)

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.

Complete document

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)

November 2018 - ISED: Consultation on License Fees for Point-to-Point Radio Systems (DGSO-001-18)

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.

All Comments (January 2019)

Canwisp Comments

All Reply Comments (February 2019)

June 2018 - ISED: Consultation on Revisions to the 3500 MHz Band to Accommodate Flexible Use and Preliminary Consultation on Changes to the 3800 MHz Band

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

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (hereinafter referred to as ISED) recognizes that rapid growth of innovative technologies and services are driving the digitization and automation of every sector of the economy. In support of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, and with a focus on ensuring that Canadians can benefit from world-class networks and advancements in new digital technologies and services, ISED acknowledges that as the demand for digital connectivity grows, so will the demand for spectrum. Through the release of this document, ISED, on behalf of the Minister, is hereby initiating a consultation on the overall approach and planning activities related to the release of spectrum for commercial mobile services, licence-exempt applications, satellite services and wireless backhaul services over the years 2018 to 2022. In an effort to ensure that Canada is well prepared to meet the spectrum needs associated with these uses, comments are being sought on future technology advancements and associated spectrum demand, as well as on the proposed release of specific spectrum bands, and timing thereof, to meet these future needs.

All Comments (February 2018)

Canwisp Comments

All Reply Comments (March 2018)

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.

All Replies (August 2017)
Canwisp Reply

August 2017 - ISED: Consultation on a Technical, Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 600 MHz Band

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 614-698 MHz (also known as the 600 MHz band) as announced in Canada Gazette notice SLPB-005-17.

All Comments (October 2017)

Canwisp Comments

April 2015 - CRTC: Review of Basic Telecommunications Services (TNC 2015-134)

The Commission will examine which telecommunications services Canadians require to participate meaningfully in the digital economy and the Commission’s role in ensuring the availability of affordable basic telecommunications services to all Canadians. The Commission intends to conduct this review in two phases.

In phase 1, the Commission will review its policies regarding basic telecommunications services in Canada. The Commission will also gather information from the industry to better understand which telecommunications services are being offered across Canada and whether any areas in Canada are underserved or unserved.

The Commission invites interventions on the issues and questions identified in the notice. The deadline for filing these initial interventions is 30 June 2015.

In phase 2, which will be initiated in the fall of 2015, the Commission will ask Canadians to provide their opinions on the telecommunications services they consider necessary to participate meaningfully in the digital economy today and in the future. Specific details regarding the scope and procedure for this phase of the proceeding will be released at a later date.

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.

All Comments (March 2015)

Canwisp Comments

All Reply Comments (April 2015) 

August 2014 - ISED: Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas

In November 2013, Industry Canada published DGSO-004-13, 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 (3500 MHz band).Footnote   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 areasFootnote 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.

All Comments (October 2014)

Canwisp Comments

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