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Incumbents could be big winners in auction for high-speed Internet spectrum

News | 08/21/2001 4:00 am EDT

Industry Canada is preparing to auction more spectrum in a bid to meet the government’s 2004 deadline for broadband community access, but its willingness to let the dominant carriers compete could shut out smaller players. On Aug. 10, the department released a proposed policy for auctioning more than 300 10-year licences in the 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands (DGRB – 006-01). The fixed spectrum would be used to deliver high-speed Internet service to rural and remote areas, in keeping with the government’s promise to bring broadband access to every Canadian community by 2004 (RoW, July 9/01).

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