Federal Spectrum

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EORN/EOWC will continue to highlight the challenges faced by rural communities and underserved regions across the country. Private sector incentives to invest and serve our communities are significantly lower than in urban centres. Market forces do not help meet rapidly growing demand for rural broadband resources, fixed or mobile. This leads to a digital divide between urban and rural areas of Canada.

It is a challenge to meet growing demand for spectrum to support evolution in mobile technology, while also protecting current 3500 MHz license users who depend on that spectrum to deliver fixed wireless broadband service to rural areas. These rural areas have no other options.

EORN/EOWC emphasize the following key points:

• Spectrum must be available for use in rural areas, and especially critical for fixed wireless use if there is any hope of meeting the CRTC’s Universal Service Objective* in rural areas

•Broadband service levels in rural areas should not be affected by taking away spectrum that is currently being used to deliver fixed wireless

• If spectrum is not being used throughout the Service Area, then it should be given back for re-auction to other providers who will use and deploy these scares national resources

• In spectrum coverage service areas that contain both large urban areas and rural areas, rural areas must also get served

*The Universal Service Objective is 50Mbps upload and 10 Mbps download speed.


EORN/EOWC Comments on the Consultation on Revisions to the 3500 MHz Band to Accommodate Flexible Use and Preliminary Consultation on Changes to the 3800 MHz Band