Feds defend 3G auction

Feds defend 3G auction

The Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston has defended the upcoming third generation (3G) spectrum auctions, claiming the rules the Australian Communications Authority have set out for the auction will maximise benefits to the consumer.

Many major infrastructure providers have already expressed doubts over their interest in the auctions and industry players have been predicting the Government will make a lot less from the auction than it originally budgeted.

Alston said there have been limits placed in the amount of spectrum any one person can acquire in both metropolitan and regional areas. The auction rules split the spectrum to ensure there is a minimum of four competitors in metropolitan areas and a minimum of two in regional areas.

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