Post Tagged with: "spectrum auction"

It Only Takes One: Will the Spectrum Auction Lead to a New National Wireless Carrier?

The old adage in real estate that it only takes one buyer held true in the Canadian 700 MHz spectrum auction. After potential new entrants such as Verizon declined to enter the Canadian market and Wind Mobile dropped out of the bidding at the last minute, many declared the spectrum auction a failure. Industry Minister James Moore and the government got the last laugh, however, with the auction generating $5.3 billion and the emergence of potential new national wireless player – Videotron (parent company is Quebecor). There had been some speculation that Quebecor might make a move outside of Quebec (Nowak, Corcoran) and seeing the company scoop up prime spectrum in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia offers renewed hope for a more competitive environment.

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February 20, 2014 5 comments News

Keeping Score of Canada’s Spectrum Auction

Reports indicate that Industry Minister Christian Paradis could unveil the government’s spectrum auction and telecom foreign ownership policies this month. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) provided a preview of some the key issues. While interest in spectrum auction policy is typically limited to telecom companies and business analysts, all Canadians have a stake in this decision. The available spectrum – known as the 700 MHz spectrum – opens up a host of possibilities for new innovation, competitors, and open Internet access. It is viewed as particularly valuable spectrum since it easily penetrates walls, making it ideal for delivering wireless high-speed Internet services.

Auctioning the spectrum raises a host of critical policy choices.

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February 2, 2012 15 comments Columns

Spectrum Surplus Offers Chance To Pay Net Policy Bills

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 23, 2008 as Spectrum Auction Bonanza Allows for Proactive Thinking Each week millions of Canadians buy lottery tickets as they "imagine the freedom" of hitting it big.  While the federal government may not have won the lottery, it has certainly hit the jackpot […]

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June 23, 2008 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Spectrum Auction Underway This Week

Canadian Press covers the beginning of the AWS spectrum auctions that opens this week.

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May 25, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canadian Spectrum Auction Bidders

Industry Canada has the complete list, Canadian Press offers an overview, while the National Post has extensive coverage of some of the major players here, here, and here.

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March 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads