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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.

  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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