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Here at Rogers, we’re doing everything we can to bring LTE to Rogers customers first. Earlier this month we launched Canada’s first LTE network in Ottawa and we’re lighting up LTE networks in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver this fall, with 21 more markets on track for 2012.
But there are some who want to put up a roadblock on your digital fast lane. They are proposing that the Federal Government limit who can have access to the 700 MHz spectrum in a public auction that will be held as early as next year. The outcome of this auction will have a major impact on deploying LTE across Canada. If a decision is made that prevents certain companies, including Rogers, from participating in the spectrum auction, it would be a recipe for leaving Canada behind the rest of the world, stalling Canadian innovation and limiting your access to LTE.
LTE can unlock the awesome digital potential of Canadians like you – in areas rural and urban – if deployed on the 700 MHz spectrum band. The 700 MHz band will allow for the fastest and strongest LTE network. This spectrum allows for coverage to reach rural areas and move underground and through buildings in urban areas, providing for a more consistent high-speed experience.
The government’s decision will have a major impact on bringing LTE across Canada. Policies that slow wireless advances harm our growing digital economy.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make the difference. Visit Iwantmylte.ca to learn more. Take action by sending an e-mail to the Industry Minister and your local Member of Parliament to let them know that you want your LTE, and you don’t think anything should slow Canada down.
Keith McArthur is Vice President of Social Media at Rogers