In a blog post on WIND Mobile’s website this afternoon, CEO Anthony Lacavera made clear that WIND is in favour of market expansion and new competition, all the while reprimanding Bell, Telus, and Rogers for their “lies and fear-mongering.” WIND was one of several smaller wireless carriers to break into the Canadian market after the Conservative government’s push for more industry competition, back in 2008. This push was less than successful though, and the Big Three remain in complete control of the Canadian mobile space.
This is where Verizon comes in. The Conservatives are making their second push, and this time they’re taking a different angle: American telecom. Verizon is one of the largest service providers in the United States, and in the next big auctioning off of government-regulated wireless “spectrum” bands they’re looking to move across the border with Harper’s help. Now, this is where the Big Three take issue, as does Lacavera in turn.
this is where the Big Three take issue, as does Lacavera
In his post, Lacavera goes through the numerous claims against Verizon expansion made by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (which he also refers to as a “mere puppet of the Big Three”) and makes solid, if harshly worded, rebuttals. In response to the notion that Canadian tax money will be lost in the advancement of Verizon’s Canadian expansion, he simply declares them to be wrong. He reminds of the fact when a provider uses one of the Big Three’s existing networks, a fee will be going straight to them.
"I'll be quick on this one. It's flat out wrong."
He also takes on the claim that because Verizon will have it’s Canadian start in large markets, the inevitable rise in urban market activity will result in less wireless accessibility for rural customers. Besides the curious fact that Rogers, Bell, and Telus all started in urban centres as well, Lacavera makes one point that really sticks: “[The Big Three] are serving these communities because there are customers there, and money to be made.” Every one of these corporations are primarily interested in having customers and making money, whether by holding together an all-powerful oligopoly, or by cutting into a new national market.
You can read the whole blog post here.