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View Brian Masse Profile
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2020-05-07 18:01
Yes.
You raised an important point. I was there when Mr. Amos' motion 208 went through. The problem we have is that it was a motion, so it's not legislation. We need it enshrined in law. It was good, and we had some really good discussion on it. It highlighted and moved some things. I don't have any criticism whatsoever, other than how we need this to be more mandated by law.
If you want to actually play in the market, I see this spectrum auction as an opportunity to do that. On this spectrum auction, I'll again follow up with you, Ms. Tribe. I've been advocating—you can disagree with this, so feel free—that instead of getting the money from the spectrum auction, we need to focus on access to service and having specific claw dates to actually have accountability for that spectrum.
What we have right now is $20 billion in revenue from our current system. As for where it's gone, we have no idea. I've asked the government many times about that. They've put very little of that money back into rolling out Frankenstein packages all across the country to try to fill in the gaps. When we do this spectrum, I would rather see it focused less on money and more on actually getting access.
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