Laurence advises a wide range of Canadian and foreign carriers, telecommunications service providers and investors in the wireline, wireless, cable television, satellite and Internet markets. Laurie advises clients on strategies to open domestic and international telecommunications markets to competition, as well as related interconnection, ownership, licensing and tariff issues. Laurie’s expertise extends to the application of Canadian foreign ownership restrictions to investments in Canadian carriers and broadcasting undertakings, as well as the regulations that govern trans-border facilities and services. He also advises clients on a wide range of radio spectrum issues relating to the provision of mobile wireless, fixed radio and satellite services. Laurie also advises domestic and foreign governments and regulators on legislation to implement competitive telecommunications regimes, on privatization of government-owned carriers and on regulatory reform. This includes advising the Canadian Radio-telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on reform of regulation in the Canadian broadcasting sector, the Office of Utility Regulation in Jamaica on regulatory reform in the telecommunications sector, and the Government of Fiji on a fibre optic cable between Samoa and Fiji.
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