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.