With Verizon out, telecom file a tricky one for Harper government
Sep 3, 2013 / 2:33 pm
OTTAWA - With the deadline to sign up for a wireless spectrum auction looming and a major U.S. company out of the running, it looks doubtful anyone will burst onto the scene to compete against Rogers, Telus and Bell.
So with Verizon out, what now for a Conservative government that has long staked its ground on getting a fourth player into Canada's wireless market?
Companies have until Sept. 17 to put down a deposit to participate in the auction of wireless spectrum, to be held in January.
One route might be to delay the auction â€” an option Industry Minister James Moore's office says it isn't considering.
Telecom analysts say the Tories could look at regulating things such as the roaming fees charged by wireless companies.
They say another option might be to let the auction go ahead as planned and save a decision on any leftover blocks of spectrum for a later date.
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