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A man speaks on his cellphone as he walks past a Verizon store in Portland, Ore. Conservative hopes of expanded competition in Canada’s wireless sector hit a snag when the U.S. firm Verizon announced in September that it would not be entering the Canadian market.
A man speaks on his cellphone as he walks past a Verizon store in Portland, Ore. Conservative hopes of expanded competition in Canada’s wireless sector hit a snag when the U.S. firm Verizon announced in September that it would not be entering the Canadian market.
(DON RYAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Streetwise

The jury’s in on wireless competition: Ottawa lost

With yet another bidder pulling out of January’s wireless spectrum auction, the Big Three carriers can fairly claim to have won the battle against a federal government intent on bringing new competition to the sector. Aside from the dangerous possibility that Ottawa could allow airtime resellers in, the government has run out of options.