According to Michael Geist Canada is also planning a major spectrum auction for 2008. And, like here, the mainstream media have about zero interest in covering it. Not only do they have the spectrum auction discussed by Geist coming up, but they will then have their own spectrum auction for broadcast spectrum when they do their transition to digital television.

I hope folks in Canada are paying attention to our current spectrum auction fights down here. In the past, I've often felt that Canada has done a better job than we have of resisting the blandishments of industry when setting its various intellectual property, privacy, and telecom policies. I hope the CRTC (Canada's version of the FCC) and, more importantly, Canadian civil society, watch our public debate and feel inspired to have a public debate about this themselves.

About Harold Feld

Harold Feld is Public Knowledge’s Senior Vice President and author of “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” a guide to what government can do to preserve competition and empower individual users in the huge swath of our economy now referred to as “Big Tech.” Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler described this book as, “[...] a tour de force of the issues raised by the digital economy and internet capitalism.” For more than 20 years, Feld has practiced law at the intersection of technology, broadband, and media policy in both the private sector and in the public interest community. Feld has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a law degree from Boston University, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals. Feld also writes “Tales of the Sausage Factory,” a progressive blog on media and telecom policy. In 2007, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin praised him and his blog for “[doing] a lot of great work helping people understand how FCC decisions affect people and communities on the ground.”