Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) is extending the deadline to submit comments and replies to an ongoing consultation on an updated licensing framework aimed at freeing up spectrum for use in rural Canada. Stakeholders and members of the public can now submit comments to the consultation -- the official title of which is “New Access Licensing Framework, Changes to Subordinate Licensing and White Space to Support Rural and Remote Deployment” -- no later than Oct. 26. Replies to comments can be submitted until Dec. 7. “ISED's policy objectives for this consultation are to facilitate the deployment and timely availability of services across the country, with an emphasis on rural and remote regions,’ according to ISED’s consultation documents issued in August. At the same time ISED also launched consultations on “reintroducing and increasing” deployment requirements for cellular service, and updates to the licensing framework for satellites. For the deployment requirements, ISED is seeking comments on whether or not it should add a deployment requirement to existing licenses, as well as the timeline for those requirements. In September, the Internet Society hosted a panel discussion on spectrum and Indigenous connectivity to encourage Indigenous communities to participate in the consultation. At the discussion, policy advisor with Mozilla Corporation Steve Song said that in order to achieve better connection for Canada’s Indigenous communities, the government has to do away with its guarantee of exclusivity from existing spectrum licenses, so regulators can reassign unused bands.