Fair play on phone spectra

Bidding process for cell phone spectra called into question.

To anyone with a cell phone:

As we listen to Canada’s major cell phone players and their cries of foul against the possible migration of Verizion north, there are some points of concern.

The spectrum that is coming up for auction was originally designated for entry-level companies breaking into the cellular industry. Verizion is many times larger than all the Canadian carriers combined, and this leaves many wondering why they need this extra advantage. Our big three carriers are not allowed to bid on this spectrum.

Should a large carrier from another country come into Canada as a result of this type of spectrum auction, there are no requirements for them to add coverage to the network, and small rural areas will continue to have their current spotty service.

As we already know from other large players who have entered into our consumer markets, the profits all leave, the best-paying jobs are at corporate headquarters, and there is very little, if any, trickle-down to any local clubs, organizations, or volunteer groups.

It is fair to let large multinational companies bid on this spectrum if the field is levelled. Open the auction to all parties. Require that new entries into the market add new coverage to the network they use. This would do nothing to encourage entry into the market from smaller players, but would allow Canadian companies to compete fairly. It is very reasonable that these large companies commit to jobs, infrastructure, and align themselves as good corporate citizens.

Our business is largely based the consumer cell phone market, and we feel these are valid concerns. We would encourage the many organizations that solicit us on an annual base to question this process, and what the real gains and losses will be.

Gary Wells

Hardy Sound

Port Hardy