Expect the Conservative government to initiate deregulation measures in the communications industry in 2010, the Lobby Monitor writes. The bi-monthly newsletter says the government will be looking into intellectual property rights and loosening ownership restrictions, among other considerations. In December, the government approved Globalive Communication Corp.'s operations in Canada, despite a previous ruling from the CRTC which judged that the company was foreign-owned. The Lobby Monitor notes that Globalive began lobbying the government almost a year before the decision was made with the help of a former Industry Canada official. Earnscliffe’s Charles King, who now works for Shaw Communications Inc., has experience working in the communications sector and with the CRTC, and spearheaded the political effort along with Ken Boessenkool, the newsletter says. Boessenkool, from CGI group, handled contacts with the offices of the prime minister and the industry minister. "Looking at the lobby campaign managed by Globalive, one might deduce that the bidders knew from an early stage that their corporate structure might pose a problem for obtaining a license. The contact logs show that almost a year before the decision would be made, Globalive began to lay the groundwork for an appeal at the bureau cratic and political level," The Lobby Monitor says. A motivation for the government to modify ownership rules this year is the sale of the Canwest newspapers, writes the newsletter. Opening up the pool of potential purchasers to foreign investors would raise the value of the newspapers thanks to increased competition.