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Canada’s telecoms regulator says it is prepared to sell its spectrum licences to its biggest rivals, which it says could make it a net-neutrality winner.
Industry Minister Navdeep Bains says the move is an important step to help the country stay competitive with U.S. internet providers.
“I have to say we are hopeful that we are going to see more net neutrality, because in the long run it will lead to less congestion, which will improve our economic competitiveness,” Mr. Bains said Monday.
“It will also have a positive impact on Canadians, who pay more for their internet access.”
The new agreement, which is subject to an approval process, could be announced as early as next week.
Canada has been criticized for its slow and uneven implementation of net neutrality rules.
A federal court has ruled that the rules prohibit internet service providers from blocking or slowing websites or charging more to deliver certain services.
But the federal government has been under pressure from internet companies to loosen rules that prevent providers from discriminating against users.
The telecoms lobby is calling for the government to allow the sale of spectrum licenses to companies that don’t comply with the rules.
The government is seeking comments on the proposal until Feb. 16.
Mr. Trudeau says the sale is an “important first step” towards a free and open internet, but has yet to make a firm decision on whether to proceed.
Mr, Bains has said the government wants to build on the successes of the open internet policy it announced last year.
He has said he wants to create a framework for the use of spectrum and is open to exploring ways to encourage competition.
In the past, the federal and provincial governments have sold spectrum to private companies for use in mobile networks.
Mr Trudeau’s cabinet has also taken a hands-off approach to spectrum purchases.
He’s also faced criticism from some in the telecoms industry that he’s been too slow in responding to complaints about the slow rollout of the government’s open internet rules.
Mr Bains also announced Monday that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will be working with the federal Communications Security Establishment Canada to investigate complaints about complaints against the government.