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Industry Canada Launches Spectrum Auction Consultation

Industry Canada has published its consultation on the 700 MHz spectrum auction.  The consultation includes questions about open access requirements.  The deadline for responses is February 28, 2011.

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December 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Rogers Wants Spectrum Auction Accelerated, Warns Against New Entrant Assistance

The National Post reports that Rogers wants to accelerate the pace of the next spectrum auction, but is also warning against efforts to promote new entrants.

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November 8, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

The Digital TV Transition – A Spark Interview

I participated in an interview on the Canadian digital tv transition together with Bill St. Arnaud for CBC’s Spark.  The full podcast interview is available here.

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September 17, 2010 1 comment Must Reads, News Interviews, Podcasts, Tv / Radio

Clement on the Next Spectrum Auction

“I’ve concluded we must get the 700mHz auction going soon.”

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September 13, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Digital Strategy Consultation’s Unasked Questions: Who Leads? Who Pays?

Last week Industry Minister Tony Clement unveiled the government’s much-anticipated Digital Economy Strategy consultation.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the consultation is slated to run for two months and includes an online forum, face-to-face meetings, and a 40-page document that sets out key areas of concern. Five areas for discussion are identified: capacity to innovate, building a world-class digital infrastructure, growing the ICT industry, creating digital content, and building digital skills.

Skeptics will argue that the consultation is long overdue or perhaps even comes too late. Canada has inarguably lost considerable ground in comparison with many other countries around the world that were quicker to identify and implement digital strategies. While the delays have been marked by a gradual hollowing-out of the Canadian tech sector and sliding global rankings on network and wireless connectivity, Clement has firmly established himself as the most committed Industry Minister on digital issues since John Manley in the late 1990s.

Prioritizing digital issues is a first step toward remedying the situation, but a decade worth of policy neglect will not be solved overnight.  Despite lingering doubts about whether the government is listening – many Canadians fear that last summer’s copyright consultation may be largely ignored – those concerned with Canada’s digital future can ill-afford to stay silent on the sidelines. I hope to address some of the substantive questions raised by the consultation in a future column, but the more immediate concern are two unasked questions that cut across all issues – who will lead the strategy and how will the government pay for it.

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May 17, 2010 11 comments Columns