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So, the final tally on Wireless Jim Prentice's telecom tax is $4.25-billion. As Industry Minister, Mr. Prentice is patting himself on the back for having set up the wireless spectrum auction and generated a big store of cash for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's federal spending machine. In government circles, any revenue scheme that throws off $4.25-billion without anybody having to write a line of budget legislation is bound to be an unqualified success.

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FP Tech Desk: To avoid crunch, US earmarks more airwaves — where is Canada’s plan?

Jamie Sturgeon Jun 29, 2010 – 9:46 AM ET | Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010 10:25 AM ET


The White House has backed a recommendation from that country’s telecom regulator this week to free up more airwaves to allow wireless providers like AT&T, Verizon and others to expand services.

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed a memorandumendorsing the FCC’s suggestion that 500 megahertz (MHz) of newly identified government and commercial spectrum be made available for auction within 10 years.

The official pledge furthers the United States’ goal of doubling wireless spectrum capacity for use by mobile communications providers over the next decade. Spectrum is the lifeblood of mobile communications, providing the increasingly scarce radio frequencies that voice calls and wireless Web data are sent over.

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Could wireless spectrum crunch put Canada on hold?

Carly Weeks

Globe and Mail Update

Published Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011 5:00AM EDT


For many, the smart phone revolution means unlimited wireless data plans, streaming movies online and the ability to be online anywhere, at any time.

But as the popularity of smart phones, tablet computers and other wireless devices continues to surge, so do concerns about how carriers will meet the unrelenting demand for data.

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