As globalization, technology and novel global crises redefine the way we work, live and connect, communications companies rely on our Communications group to help navigate the changing legal and regulatory landscape. Blakes has a long-standing communications law practice in Canada that covers all aspects of telecommunications, broadcasting and radiocommunication regulation. We have played a leading role in some of the most significant transactions in the communications industry over the past decades and have provided strategic advice to major communications players with interests in Canada.
Blakes Communications lawyers keep pace with our clients in an industry experiencing highly accelerated growth rates. Communications players retain our services in the context of disputes, hearings, regulatory enforcement actions and public consultation processes, including consultations of critical importance to the future of the telecommunications and spectrum environment in Canada (such as the deployment of 5G) carried out by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
Our Communications lawyers have been sought out by a wide variety of companies to advise on virtually every type of communications law issue. We provide expert representation and strategic regulatory advice to leading international and domestic wired and mobile telecommunications giants, broadcasters, satellite companies, internet service providers, and emerging media and entertainment businesses. We assist these clients with licensing and certification applications, wireless spectrum auctions, spectrum allocation and usage matters, annual filings, consumer safeguard measures (e.g., do-not-call regulations) and operational requirements. Our lawyers also routinely advise on corporate, commercial and financing transactions in the communications space.
Clients large and small regularly call on us for both strategic counsel and powerhouse advocacy before tribunals and regulatory bodies and in courtrooms. Working with our Media & Defamation group, we also advise leading media companies on libel, defamation, privacy and other issues relevant to communications companies.