Canada’s major operators have teamed-up to launch the Fair For Canada campaign that voices discontent about the government’s move to treat Verizon as a new entrant if the US operator decides to purchase Wind, Mobilicity or both. The campaign argues that Verizon could get an unfair advantage of regulations that favor new entrants to the market.
Rogers, Bell and TELUS are all saying they’ve been building out their networks and hired local staff extensively, while Verizon may not take that route.
I can see their point of view and I don’t think Verizon should be given an easy ride. On the other hand, let’s remember that the government had to interfere to force Canadian networks to stop their practice of three-year contracts. And honestly, they could’ve done so earlier. Now they’re afraid Verizon could eat their lunch. Sure enough, the incumbent networks invested billions in infrastructure and paid a ton in taxes. But again, Canada was the only country in the developed world (as far as I know) that pretty much required three-year customer contracts… What do you think the Canadian government should do?