Spectrum Wirless Crunch

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FCC commissioner Julius Genachowski’s comments on the spectrum wireless crunch were interesting to me, if in part because Canada seems to be about 5 years behind the US in recent spectrum auctions. While we in Canada are currently preparing for a likely 2012 auction in the 700 MHz band, the US is starting to increase discussions of even more allotment as part of their National Broadband Plan, identifying 500 MHz by 2020 as necessary to meet connectivity demand.

It’ll be interesting to see how Industry Canada determines to set up our next auction rules and whether they plan to hold any aside for new market entrants, current small market share providers or retain any portion as unlicensed for innovation generation.