Regarding the upcoming 700 megahertz auction, Depatie boldly stated that “Ottawa must fix the spectral imbalance that favors Rogers, Bell and TELUS. These three incumbents hold far more spectrum than the new entrants. Moreover, there were awarded their initial spectral allotments without auction, without upfront payments. A twenty-five head start. At no cost. Free… What I am proposing… is a fair shake… we propose the use of an in-band spectrum cap for the upcoming 700 MHz auction”. The cap would basically limit the bidder who currently has spectrum in a specific region to purchase one new spectrum block only, and any bidder who doesn’t currently own spectrum in a region would be limited to to 2 spectrum blocks.
Depatie offered a message to the new Industry Minister Christian Paradis that “In 2008, Industry Canada set aside a portion of the AWS spectrum for new entrants. It was a wise move that helped to foster a new era of competition in the Canadian marketplace… Now with the upcoming 700 megahertz auction, the Government has the opportunity to cement true wireless competition”.