Canadian wireless group wants open auction

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Group is asking the government to ensure that the 2008 advanced wireless services spectrum auction is competitive and all companies seeking spectrum have a fair chance to acquire it.

The CWTA says that many of its members are concerned that companies interested in the spectrum are lobbying for taxpayer subsidies and demanding that the government give them spectrum. This will likely force the industry to share networks at a discount. "Goverment shouldn't subsidize well-financed companies," says Peter Barnes, president and CEO of the CTWA.

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