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Lines drawn in the sand as two sides debate eligibility over auction participation

News | 10/30/2001 5:00 am EST

Eligibility appears to be a key sticking point as parties to the next spectrum auction debate access to high-speed fixed wireless bandwidth. A large contingent of smaller companies is advocating a set-aside of bandwidth versus the open auction supported by the larger players, and non-incumbents point to a perceived failure of previous auctions to create new competition. Both groups are seeking access to spectrum in the 2300 MHz and 3400-3700 MHz frequency ranges, which Industry Canada is proposing to auction (RoW, Aug. 21/01).

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