PIAC: Consumers Call New Spectrum Auction Rules Responsive to Market Concerns

    OTTAWA, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The Public Interest Advocacy Centre, (PIAC),
which made submissions on behalf of consumer groups in the consultations that
gave rise to Industry Canada's spectrum auction process announcement today,
said that the new auction rules were realistic, and responded to independent
concerns that the wireless industry in Canada was not sufficiently competitive
from a price and innovation standpoint.
    Michael Janigan, PIAC's Executive Director and General Counsel, noted:
"It is clear the government realized the public has an interest that is more
than simply what the treasury can get in fees from auction participants."
    Janigan added, "There may be savings and efficiency benefits that flow to
consumers than are greater than any monies that may be lost to the government
by reserving 40MGHZ of spectrum for new entrants."

    PIAC is an Ottawa-based nonprofit organization that provides legal
representation, research and advocacy on issues involving important public
services such as telecommunications.

For further information:

For further information: More info: Michael Janigan, Tele No. (613)
562-4002 x26, http://www.piac.ca

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