The Telecommunications Act and “Spectrum Auction”

As most of my friends and colleagues know, I have a keen interest in non-ionizing, extremely low frequency radiation and the effects on health.  With these blogs, I hope to discuss research which describes all sides of this contentious issue.  

Since it is hot off the press, I thought it would be a good idea to start my first blog with some thoughts about the amended Telecommunications Act just announced on March 14th.  Listening to Christian Paradis, PC, MP Minister of Industry, speak about the amended act and the opening and “auctioning” of the new frequencies: 700 MHz and 2500 MHz, it was clear that either he doesn’t understand how wireless technology works is or it was really “dumbed down” for the masses.  

The announcement made it sound as if the government was selling an existing entity but in actuality the Government is auctioning the rights to “use” technology which operates at this frequency.  Currently, GSM cell phone cell providers operate at 850 MHz or 1900 MHz.  Since the number of providers (over 40 cellular providers in Canada) of wireless signals is increasing and customer use in these frequencies is increasing, the government decided to allow users to operate at the new frequencies.  

I will wade into the contentious area of the effects of non-ionizing radiation in future posts.  In the mean time, I leave you with this question, “Name a lifestyle product that became incredibly fashionable and popular in the early to mid 1900s.  This product was questioned for its potential deleterious health effects but the manufacturers continued to say that there was no evidence to suggest it is harmful.  In the 1980s it was finally proven that the product is harmful.  What is this product?”




  1. Carol Wade says:

    Responding to your question regarding the lifestyle product developed in the early 1900’s that was used and then proven to be detremental to our health….I will say it is something like ‘ddt’ that changed our ‘agricultural ways’ from growing everything organic to mass production of our foods.

  2. Smoking 🙂

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