Without a doubt, they have talked to the FCC and have forked over some money to be able to continue with their business plan.
This has nothing to with Shaw and the FCC.
The ITU coordinates all satellite authorizations throughout the world. During the G1 planning procedure, Telesat was required to submit all specifications to countries that the signal would fall on.
In the case of the C/Ku transponders, G1 is merely a replacement for the South American beams of F1. Obviously, countries where G1 X and Extended Ku signals reach did not raise any objections or else changes would have been made during construction.
What has changed? Shaw has never been a proactive company. Only in a government protected industry can such a reactive business continually make a handsome profit.
The bottom line is that G1 is a money loser for Shaw. 12 transponders of Canadian locals will not add revenue. It adds a cost of $2m/month over the 15 year lifespan of G1.
1) Increased basic monthly charges - expect another $3/month in the fall
2) Reduced customer service. Once the goal was "The best telecom customer service in Canada". Now it's "The best satellite customer service in Canada".
Rogers has long complained about Shaw Direct offering HAFH to their cottage owning customers. Now with both Rogers and Bell owning so many of the programming services, they can both pressure Shaw into paying double for HAFH subs subscribing to Bell/Rogers owned services.
As for foreign customers; SkyMexico has for years complained to the NFL about Shaw stacked accounts and residential accounts used in commercial establishments in tourist areas of Mexico.
Shaw plans to reallocate some marketing dollars from Shaw Cable to Shaw Direct this fall. Expect them to offer Free Rental Equipment and Free Install to attempt to increase the customer base.