Telesat Welcomes Today's Decisions by Industry Canada that Will Streamline Regulatory Burdens Faced by Canadian Satellite

Telesat Welcomes Today's Decisions by Industry Canada that Will Streamline 
Regulatory Burdens Faced by Canadian Satellite Operators and Speed Delivery of 
State-of-the-Art Satellite Services to All Canadians 
OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Telesat, Canada's premiere satellite operator, 
welcomes Industry Canada's decisions on the licensing framework released 
earlier today for fixed-satellite service and broadcasting-satellite service 
as well as revised fee proposals. These decisions represent a major overhaul 
of the existing framework and will enhance the international competitiveness 
of Canadian commercial satellite operators. 
Telesat congratulates the Government of Canada and Minister Moore for moving 
forward with a much needed modernization and streamlining of an outdated 
licensing system and placing the Canadian industry on more equal footing with 
its international competitors. 
Among the key aspects of the decisions released today include the use of a 
first-come, first-served process by Industry Canada to license satellite 
spectrum to competing Canadian satellite operators. Today's announcement also 
includes a proposal to amend the fee regime that applies to satellite 
operators using Canadian satellite spectrum, bringing the fees more in line 
with those in place in foreign jurisdictions. Finally, today's decisions also 
address some of the other obligations associated with holding Canadian 
satellite licences. 
"The decisions represent a clear statement that the Government of Canada wants 
to ensure that Canadian satellite operators are not placed at a competitive 
disadvantage in relation to operators licensed in other jurisdictions," stated 
Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. "Today's decisions, in the 
aggregate, reduce and streamline the regulatory burden faced by Canadian 
satellite operators and, in doing so, will speed the delivery to all Canadians 
of state-of-the-art satellite services." 
The decisions released today also address one of the recommendations contained 
in the Aerospace Review Report, chaired by David Emerson. In that report, the 
Panel recommended that "...the Government create conditions conducive to the 
expansion of space-related commercial activity" and specifically encouraged 
Government to intensify its efforts to secure geostationary orbital slots for 
Canadian-owned satellites. As a result of today's decisions, Industry Canada 
will now also submit applications for satellite spectrum in other areas of the 
world on behalf of Canadian operators, allowing Canadian companies to be more 
competitive around the globe. 
Telesat looks forward to the full implementation of the decisions and 
proposals announced today. 
About Telesat(
Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure 
satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, 
corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with 
offices and facilities around the world, the company's state-of-the-art fleet 
consists of 14 satellites and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with another 
satellite under construction. Telesat also manages the operations of 
additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat's principal 
shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral 
Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

SOURCE  Telesat Canada 
Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 ( 
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