TELUS urges government to invest $1 billion of spectrum windfall to help deliver broadband internet to rural Canadians



    Leading-edge broadband enables Canadians to have better quality of life
    and compete on world stage

    VANCOUVER, July 21 /CNW/ - TELUS is encouraging the Government of Canada
to invest $1 billion of the $4.25 billion raised in the wireless spectrum
auction to pursue its stated goal of making Canada the most connected country
in the world. The auction raised almost three times the anticipated
$1.5 billion, giving Canada an unprecedented opportunity to bring broadband
Internet services to thousands of rural communities.
    "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make Canada the most
connected nation in the world and advance the government's own agenda of
making ours an even more competitive economy," said Janet Yale, TELUS
executive vice-president of Corporate Affairs. "More than $4 billion has been
raised in the auction and it only makes sense that Canadians and consumers
should see a corresponding expansion to the broadband infrastructure and
services they already enjoy. A portion of the windfall revenues should be
re-invested to build upon the billions of dollars Canadian telecom carriers
have invested to allow more Canadians in rural, remote and First Nations
communities to access high speed Internet services."
    As recently as 2006, the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel
recommended undertaking this effort as a great national project.
    "An investment of $1 billion in such a national project will be an
investment in Canada's future, fostering innovation by businesses operating in
rural areas while enhancing the lifestyles enjoyed by Canadians who are able
to connect to the information economy for the first time," Yale said. "When
you consider Canada's challenging geography and sparse population, the fact
most Canadians already have access to broadband Internet is a home-grown
success story. Let's work together to write the next chapter."

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.2 billion of annual revenue and 11.2 million
customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our
philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and alumni have
contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and
volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic
initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.





For further information:

For further information: Julie Smithers, TELUS Media Relations, (416)
206-6817, julie.smithers@telus.com; Stacey Masson, TELUS Media Relations,
(514) 977-8766, stacey.masson@telus.com

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