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A photo illustration shows the Verizon wireless logos on a mobile phone screen in California on June 6, 2013. Verizon’s potential entry into the Canadian market could make waves at an upcoming spectrum auction.
A photo illustration shows the Verizon wireless logos on a mobile phone screen in California on June 6, 2013. Verizon’s potential entry into the Canadian market could make waves at an upcoming spectrum auction.
(Mike Blake/Reuters)

Verizon entry would intensify battle over wireless spectrum

A new battle is brewing over wireless spectrum.

Spectrum refers to the radio waves that telecom carriers use to provide cellphone service. It is the marrow that brings smartphones to life.

And since it exists in scarce amounts, some big Canadian carriers have a big problem with federal rules that allow large international players, like Verizon Communications Inc., to bid as new entrants in an upcoming auction.