After a monthslong consultation with satellite fleet owners and major domestic users of satellite capacity on November 5, 2013 Canadian regulators revamped Satellite Regulations with the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of Canada’s satellite sector. The revamped regulations reduce fees and ease coverage restrictions for satellite licensees. Industry Canada, moreover, agreed to act as licensing authority for satellites to be operated outside the Canadian orbital arc.
“The decisions represent a clear statement that the government of Canada wants to ensure that Canadian operators are not placed at a competitive disadvantage in relation to operators licensed in other jurisdictions,” Telesat – Canada’s biggest fleet operator – Chief Executive Daniel S. Goldberg said in a statement.
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