Statement Article from  Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Archived - Statement by Industry Minister James Moore on the Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.

Ottawa, October 9, 2014—In response to inquiries about Industry Canada's consultation on policy changes in the 3500 MHz band, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, made the following statement:

"On August 19, 2014, Industry Canada launched a consultation asking Canadians for their views on how best to use the 3500 MHz band of spectrum, which is the spectrum band that represents the most affordable wireless high-speed Internet access for many rural Canadians.

"Since then, I have received thoughtful feedback from local municipalities, Internet service providers and individual Canadians. Regrettably, some have falsely suggested that this consultation will somehow result in rural Canadians losing broadband services. 

"These suggestions are completely false. Under no circumstances will our government take spectrum licences away from any local Internet service provider that is providing Internet service to rural Canadians.

"The decisions resulting from this consultation will ensure that the 3500 MHz spectrum band is deployed in the best interests of Canadian consumers, especially those living in rural areas."

Follow us on Twitter: @industrycanada

For further information (media only), please contact:

Jake Enwright
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502
media-relations@ic.gc.ca


Search for related information by keyword

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Government and Politics Economics and Industry

Date modified: