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CWTA to use spectrum licence review to relay message of high fee level

News | 01/20/2003 5:00 am EST

The chief lobbyist for Canada’s wireless telecommunications industry plans to use a new consultation on the current spectrum licensing and fee regime to bolster his message that the sector pays too much money in spectrum licence fees. Peter Barnes, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), says the level of fees paid by the four national wireless operators is unreasonable and could be considered excessive. According to CWTA figures, Canada’s wireless industry pays about $10 per subscriber in spectrum licence fees compared to the U.S. industry, which pays approximately $0.40 on a per subscriber basis.

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