Good news. After watching the incumbents drag their heels and renege on rural internet accessibility promises for a decade, some real competition is coming to Canada.
Don't confuse the Broadcasting Act with the Telecommunications Açt and don't confuse the government (that passes laws) with the CRTC (the regulator that is tasked with enforcement).Why does the CRTC get a say. Ground stations all in the US. I suppose they could, as they did with satellite tv make it illegal to import or sell or even put up the antennae.
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The Commission notes that a BITS licence does not by itself authorize an entity to operate as a facilities-based carrier or non-facilities-based service provider. All entities who provide services as a facilities-based carrier must at all times comply with the appropriate regulatory framework, including the ownership and control requirements of section 16 of the Act and the Canadian Telecommunications Common Carrier Ownership and Control Regulations. Entities who provide services as a non-facilities-based service provider must register as such with the Commission and comply at all times with the appropriate regulatory framework.
For starters, radio frequencies are regulated in Canada and most other countries. The use of radio frequencies for communications and other uses is tightly regulated. Anyone who wants to use RF for communications must have approval and they must use them in an approved manner. RF transmission often also requires licensing. There are a few low power bands that do not such as those for wifi and short range wireless telephones but they still require approval.Why does the CRTC get a say.
This is just boilerplate. Satellite service providers are exempted from the Canadian ownership and control requirements of the Telecommunications Act.