PIAC submits that the auction process associated with the 700 MHz Band must address more than simply the goal of obtaining the highest price for the use of the spectrum. Policy makers must be cognizant of the current deficiencies associated with the mobile wireless market in Canada and the necessity to ensure that the spectrum is also used in a fashion that is optimal for meeting all the national telecommunications and broadcasting goals. This includes the use of set -asides to encourage new entrant competition, as well as to meet other public safety demands and spur innovative community based broadcasting initiatives. Finally, PIAC also urges that a fund be established to meet needs not addressed by commercial providers, through independent research and implementation of access-oriented policies.
PIAC comment 700 MHz spectrum auction
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