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Canadian wireless debate

Canadians should take pride in the achievements and growth of their wireless industry. Wireless carriers provide Canadians with low prices and innovative services, and the uptake of these services is strong.

Industry Canada recently announced plans to auction off public airwaves, or spectrum, for advanced wireless services, and is in the process of soliciting public comments on the auction, including various mechanisms to artificially create uneconomic entry into the wireless industry. Some of these mechanisms could involve new entrants receiving spectrum at rates which are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. Needless to say, many parties, including several well-heeled members of the communications industry, have been vocal about their desire for some of the new spectrum.

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Canadian wireless debate

Canadians should take pride in the achievements and growth of their wireless industry. Wireless carriers provide Canadians with low prices and innovative services, and the uptake of these services is strong.

Industry Canada recently announced plans to auction off public airwaves, or spectrum, for advanced wireless services, and is in the process of soliciting public comments on the auction, including various mechanisms to artificially create uneconomic entry into the wireless industry. Some of these mechanisms could involve new entrants receiving spectrum at rates which are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. Needless to say, many parties, including several well-heeled members of the communications industry, have been vocal about their desire for some of the new spectrum.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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