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When reviewing the ownership and control of DAVE Wireless, the Commission will apply the existing jurisprudence relating to determinations of control in fact, while taking into consideration that when the Government varied Telecom Decision CRTC 2009-678, it stated that the “decision to vary is specific to the facts of this case”.
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Wasn't there something in the latest throne speech about opening up the Canadian telecom industry to more foreign ownership?
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I can't help but be cynical and think this is just the incumbents levelling frivolous accusations at the newcomers. Like THEY don't enjoy an unfair advantage...
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Read the CRTC letter - it is not taking new evidence or submissions; ergo, this is not a case of competitors trying to derail Mobilicity.

The government, the the Throne Speech, promised to allow increased foreign ownership but has provided no further details. Implementation of any changes would take months and require the approval of the House of Commons and Senate. Mobilicity should have launched long before this would happen.

My reading of the CRTC letter is that this is merely a pro-forma review it is required to undertake before the licence is issued. The only surprise to me is that it hasn't been completed, but then Wind was ready to launch less than 2 weeks after the government gave the go-ahead, so it may not mean a lot.
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Read the CRTC letter - it is not taking new evidence or submissions; ergo, this is not a case of competitors trying to derail Mobilicity.
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My reading of the CRTC letter is that this is merely a pro-forma review ...
Exactly right. Both Globalive (WIND) and DAVE (Mobilicity) knew a review was coming. The difference for WIND was that it became a more involved public review. There is no indication that option will be used this time.

The CRTC is required to undertake the tasks given to it under the Telecom Act and associated regulations regardless of any Throne Speech pronouncements, until pending legislation is introduced it is business as usual.
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So this is not a "re-review"? I thought the licenses were already issued...
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So this is not a "re-review"? I thought the licenses were already issued...
They have a spectrum license, won through the auction process in 2008. What the CRTC is reviewing is "to determine its eligibility to operate as a Canadian telecommunications common carrier." The only formal review to date was by Industry Canada to determine whether they were a qualified bidder.
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