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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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