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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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Sunday, May 24, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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