Canadian Government Sets Date for Wireless Auction, Announces New Consumer-friendly Rules

The Canadian government is implementing a series of changes that it believes will drive down prices for smartphone consumers across the nation.

This week, the government announced new rules that it will allow new startup wireless carriers to better compete with incumbents Rogers, Telus, and Bell in the upcoming spectrum auction. One significant change will see consumers able to roam on other carrier's coverage areas, as opposed to losing all cell service because their own carrier's network doesn't have towers in the area.

A 700 MHz spectrum auction is set for November 19 and a 2500 MHz spectrum auction is slated for 2014. According to the government's new rules, at least four carriers can access spectrum in each region, which should keep the playing field even.

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“Our government’s priority is to provide greater wireless coverage at lower rates for consumers,” Industry Minister Christian Paradis said at a press conference Thursday morning. “Wireless services are changing our families, our work and our economy.”

He added that yet another block of pectrum could become available as soon as 2015.

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

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