Xplornet Responds to Industry Canada’s Spectrum Auction Announcement

April 5, 2012

MARKHAM, ON, March 15, 2012 /CNW/ – John Maduri, CEO of Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada’s leading provider of rural broadband, responded today to Industry Canada’s announcement of proposed changes to foreign ownership and spectrum auction rules.  Overall, Xplornet is conditionally supportive of the direction of the proposed changes.  “Industry Canada has responded to a wide range of complex issues and diverse interests around foreign investment and spectrum rules in a fair and balanced way,” said Maduri today.  However, Xplornet remains disappointed that spectrum auctions will continue to be biased towards urban mobile providers and against providers of rural broadband.  “To acquire spectrum for rural use, bidders would be required to buy urban areas.  This prices many rural broadband providers out of the spectrum market and slows expansion of broadband to rural Canadians,” said Maduri.

Xplornet looks forward to participating in the upcoming auctions.  However, Xplornet believes that 700 MHz alone will not be able to meet the growing capacity needs of broadband users.  “Our strongest recommendation to Industry Canada is to advance, as quickly as possible, the 2.5 GHz auction.  Every delay making this spectrum available slows the development and improvement of broadband networks for all Canadians.  We sincerely hope Minister Paradis makes expediting this auction a major priority,” concluded Maduri.

About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. (formerly Barrett Xplore Inc.) is Canada’s leading rural broadband provider.  We believe everyone should have access to the transformative benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in Canada, including the hard to reach places.  We overcome the challenges of Canada’s vast geography through our deployment of Canada’s first national 4G network, which leverages both fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in space.  Our customers live in the farthest reaches of the country and just outside of major urban centres, and through our coast-to-coast network of local dealers we connect them to all that the Internet offers.  Xplornet is high-speed Internet – for all of Canada.

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