Bell is the latest incumbent to make a stand against how the Canadian government is managing the country's wireless market, specifically with how it's handling the potential acquisitions of startup carriers.
Currently, it appears that in an effort to allow for a legitimate fourth carrier in Canada, the federal government is preventing the Rogers, Telus, and Bell from buying startup carriers such as Wind Mobile and Mobilicity. However, it so far hasn't made any move to prevent US-based Verizon Wireless from considering entering the market.
Quoth The Globe and Mail:
[Bell CEO George Cope] warns incumbents will be forced to pivot to core urban markets to defend their market share, with rural areas then suffering from reduced investment, if Verizon is allowed to capitalize on what he describes as regulatory loopholes designed to help small entrants.
Rogers feels similarly. The chief executive officer of the Toronto-based telecommunications giant says that Canada's major carriers shouldn't be blocked from buying the startup carriers while foreign carriers are able to. Nadir Mohamed says he welcomes competition but only on "a level playing field."
Verizon has expressed interest in Canada's wireless market and reports even suggested it toyed with an offier on Wind. Meanwhile, Telus attempted to acquire Mobilicity but was denied by the federal government.