700 MHz Spectrum: Maintaining a Dividend for the Canadian Public

March 1, 2011

A submission in response to: Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum  (Prepared by Marita Moll for Telecommunities Canada )

Executive Summary:
Telecommunities Canada offers the following recommendations to this consultation:

That all proceeds generated by the auction be used to support broadband initiatives that would bring Canada’s communications infrastructure back up to world class standards, as well as support digital content creation and digital skills programs

That a portion of the proceeds of the auction be used to establish digital skills training centres within reach of all Canadians.

In addition, Telecommunities Canada wishes to express its support for the following recommendations made in the submissions contributed by the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS)

That 10 MHz (a pair of contiguous 5 MHz blocks) of the spectrum in the 700 MHz band be reserved for innovation by public and community entities.

That 20% of the spectrum available for auction be set aside for new telecommunications service providers and to carriers with less than 5% of current market share.

That usage-based criteria for the auction be established, so that would-be spectrum users must make both a business case that clearly demonstrates the public-service value of the services that will be offered with the spectrum, as well as meet a minimum dollar bid for that spectrum.

That lease terms be limited to 10 years.

That a use-it-or-lose-it clause be imposed

For a complete version of this submission please see: sites/default/files/spectrum%20submission.doc