Throughout the battle this summer over the potential of a Verizon entry into Canada, the incumbent telecom companies have tried to paint their position as supporting more competition, but rejecting the rules the government believes are needed to facilitate that same competition. Wind Mobile CEO Tony Lacavera recently called out the incumbents and their association – the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association – for opposing more competition:
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications – which we joined being assured it would equally represent all wireless companies in Canada – is a mere puppet of the Big Three. Far from supporting the new entrants like WIND Mobile, CWTA has been advocating against bringing more competition to the marketplace.
Today in Toronto, two of Canada’s largest unions will hold a rally not over the wireless spectrum rules but rather over the very prospect of more competition. The release from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Auto Workers states that the rally is planned:
to protest the Harper government’s decision to allow U.S. telco giant Verizon to compete in Canada’s telecommunications market.
Notwithstanding persistent claims that the wireless fight is about “fairness”, this rally lays bare the real motivation of many – stopping new competitors from entering the Canadian market.