ROW Update

More fixed wireless spectrum to be made available
Industry Canada will soon be announcing plans for the competitive licensing of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz ranges. Department officials confirmed to Report on Wireless that a document is in the works and is scheduled to be released within the next couple of weeks.

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NL Editorial

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.

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NL People

Telus has made a series of new appointments. Paul Goldman is the new VP/GM national systems. The 16-year telecom veteran will manage the overall operations of the service that sells data, voice, video and Internet throughout the country. Brian Ridgway is now VP sales for central and eastern Canada for the client solutions division. He previously worked for GE Capital IT Solutions where he was EVP, IT products/Net solutions. Rocco Lallone is VP marketing for the client solutions sector. After several years at Bell Canada, Lallone joined Telus in January 2000 as assistant VP, product marketing.

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NL Short Takes

FCC dismisses Bell motion on non-dominance
Bell Canada has been told by the Federal Communications Commission that it does not meet the criteria to be removed from the list of dominant carriers (NL, March 8/00).The FCC found Bell's 95% presence in the six provinces east of Manitoba make it too big to be added to the roster of non-dominant carriers. A related filing, asking the commission to waive the rule for good cause, was also dismissed.

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Carriers not getting proper return on network infrastructure

Ando Corp is the American subsidiary of Japan's Ando Electric Co. It is currently conducting trials for its first OC-48c IP Core Network Probe. The gigabit speed router is a hardware accelerated statistics engine. The American division of Ando has been in operation for two decades and coordinates with the company's other operations in Asia and in Europe. In this article, a senior executive with the firm looks at the need for state-of-the-art equipment.

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Opportunities for industry and challenges for public policy in newest free trade deal

Free trade with Central and South America will create more opportunities for Canadian telecom companies, lure new competitors to our domestic market, and at the same time, cause concerns for domestic policy, according to experts reviewing the recently released draft agreement of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

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AT&T Canada’s backing from other telcos too cozy for Toronto’s liking

The groundswell of support for AT&T Canada Corp in its fight with the City of Toronto has raised the hackles of the municipality and it's asking the CRTC to ignore their interventions. The city claims that other CLECs, telcos and cablecos are attempting to turn a contract dispute between itself and AT&T into a larger public policy issue.

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Calgary CLEC trying to figure out who controls local utility poles

A fledgling Alberta CLEC wants the CRTC to act as referee in its battle for pole access, but it's still not clear who the company is opposing – the local power company or Telus Corp. Without the ability to use existing support structures and facilities, the company says it can't offer telephone service to its buildings in Edmonton and Calgary (NL, Nov. 6/00).

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Federal Court of Appeal sides with power companies in pole access battle

The cable industry says it will appeal a landmark court ruling that challenges the CRTC's jurisdiction to regulate utility companies, and to mandate what they charge for access to their poles. Released July 13, the unanimous decision by the Federal Court of Appeal represents the latest development in a five-year battle over what cable carriers should pay to attach their wires and equipment to publicly owned hydro poles.

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