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Rogers Urges Industry Committee to Hold Public Hearings on Government's Flawed Wireless Policy

House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
to meet today to decide whether to hold public hearings

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2013 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications is urging the
federal government to act immediately on calls from industry,
opposition, labour unions, institutional investors, analysts and other
third parties to review the country’s flawed wireless policies and
rules for the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. Today’s current rules
give an unfair advantage to huge foreign players and Rogers is asking
for a common set of rules for Canadian and foreign carriers.

Specifically we’re asking the federal government to: 

  1. Offer equal bidding rights in the 700 MHz auction – give Canadian
    carriers the same rights as large foreign incumbents 
  2. Create an open environment – if a Canadian wireless player seeks a
    buyer, everyone should be able to bid
  3. Strengthen auction rollout requirements – ensure foreign carriers invest
    and build a national network in rural areas 

“Spectrum is a natural resource and the lifeblood of Canada’s wireless
networks. It’s important that the government take the time to get this
policy right,” said Nadir Mohamed, CEO, Rogers Communications. “Public
hearings would allow Canadians to have their say about policies that
give large foreign companies preferential access to this scarce
Canadian resource.”

A number of stakeholders from across the political spectrum have added
their voice to the debate and shared concerns about the impact of the
government’s current wireless policy. Hearings through the Industry
Committee would provide an important opportunity for open, public

“We need debate and dialogue now as these policies will shape our
industry for years to come. We’re asking for a constructive discussion
to ensure both Canada and Canadians benefit from a strong, sustainable
and competitive wireless sector,” said Mohamed.

Rogers welcomes competition from any company, foreign or domestic, but
is asking for a level playing field to ensure Canada’s wireless sector
remains competitive and world leading.

SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.