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Because Wind is the biggest and most important of those new entrants, and if you really want competition then you need to create an environment in which the competition can survive. Since the money within Canada clearly has no interest in Wind-level wireless ambition, the laws may need to change. Consider that exclusively urban carriers like Mobilicity and Public will not help rural users, and more regional carriers like Videotron, Shaw, and Eastlink will have a more limited market impact than Wind.
 

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Colin they are the biggest because they were able to get funding outside the rules. I would like someone to be bold enough and answer the question. Why were the other entrants able to get funding and be able to come to market without a problem? Why must we change laws to accommodate 1 malcontent who clearly had a business plan that was not pleasing to the banks and such? I really am not understanding why this is such a hard question to answer. Wind was not on compliance. We agree. So lets change the rules because they are big.. They got big because of the rules being bent.. I say let them burn
 

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I already answered that. Wind couldn't find the money in Canada because they needed more money than the others and, as their build-out will take longer and cost more, they needed more time to pay it back.

Clearly DAVE couldn't raise that kind of capital while following the rules or I'm sure they would have. This means that the current rules do not allow for proper competition and thus need to be changed if proper competition is what the government wants. Think what you want about Wind, but that part is undeniable.
 

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colin what difference does any of that make? if the rules are for all why do they get extra consideration? So what you are saying is their plans were bigger so they should be exempt? You are clearly biased here. You rational is loopy. they had bigger plans? maybe they should have had smaller plans and built up slowly. I simply can not fathom your logic here. So when you shop for a car do you look at what you clearly can not afford? When you order a meal and have 20.00 in your pocket do you order the most expensive meal and then figure oh well when the bill comes I will simply say I was more hungry than the other bloke .. so thats ok?

Colin you can sit there and tell me what you just makes sense. I am God smacked with your statement.. They were bigger so they had to break the laws.. Bollocks !
 

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Wind was the only company that actually tried to buy spectrum for all of Canada. Public and Mobilicity are already operating in all of the markets they bought spectrum. They took the cheap way out, but as a result, they'll never have national coverage and never be that important of a player in the market. Wind is the only one of the new entrants that really has a chance to become as big as Rogers and the others.

That's why Wind needed so much money. And lets face it, Canadian investors are spineless; they don't take risks with their money. So they had to look elsewhere for someone with enough patience and willing to take the risk.
 

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I see.. that makes so much sense. I mean totally. I hope they use that argument in the courts. Big or small the rules apply to them all. Catchy huh. Break the rules cause you are big... wow I learned something today.. if you were on Winds crack legal team they would have no worries.. and yes.. some how.. I have a feeling you are. " So they had to look elsewhere for someone with enough patience and willing to take the risk. " so that is why they are for sale? hmm 14 months yes thats patience.
 

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colin what difference does any of that make? if the rules are for all why do they get extra consideration? So what you are saying is their plans were bigger so they should be exempt? You are clearly biased here. You rational is loopy. they had bigger plans? maybe they should have had smaller plans and built up slowly. I simply can not fathom your logic here. So when you shop for a car do you look at what you clearly can not afford? When you order a meal and have 20.00 in your pocket do you order the most expensive meal and then figure oh well when the bill comes I will simply say I was more hungry than the other bloke .. so thats ok?
I said none of that, I think you need to reread my post. What I said is that it clearly is not possible to start up the fourth major carrier with Canadian investment. If the government wants a fourth major carrier (and they have said they do) then they need to change the laws.

There is nothing wrong with Wind asking for an exemption. You can't go steal a cup of sugar from your neighbour, but that doesn't mean you can't ask him for one. And it's not your fault if he says yes without first consulting with his wife. Tony Clement gave permission to Wind to operate. He didn't have the authority to do so, but Wind didn't know that. The fault here lies with Clement, who should have checked with parliament before he gave Wind a cup of sugar.
 

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colin wait a sec how would the government know what globalive wanted??? its a auction. So you have a chance of not getting the spectrum you wanted. So your theory does not hold water.. You can not give them special treatment. I am sorry but you have to realize that wind got a gimme.. and now it looks like it will be taken away. They have 43 days to become compliant, well 14 months and 45 days to be exact.

I want to build something bigger so let me bend the rules .. sorry gents you guys are too small.. end of the line.. hold your bollocks and cough.. Tony need not cough you has no bollocks.
 

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I see.. that makes so much sense. I mean totally. I hope they use that argument in the courts. Big or small the rules apply to them all. Catchy huh. Break the rules cause you are big... wow I learned something today.. if you were on Winds crack legal team they would have no worries.. and yes.. some how.. I have a feeling you are. " So they had to look elsewhere for someone with enough patience and willing to take the risk. " so that is why they are for sale? hmm 14 months yes thats patience.
It's not a legal defense. You asked why Wind needed so much foreign money and I explained why.

The real legal defense at the heart of the issue, is what does "controlled in fact" mean. This is the one part that Industry Canada and the CRTC disagreed on. Wind is set up so that Canadians do in fact control the majority of the voting shares. The debt however is heavily in favour of Orascom. The CRTC believed that with the heavy debt load, foreigners could exert control.

While this could be true, what would the foreigners try to make Wind do that would be so bad? They still have to follow all Canadian laws no matter who Wind is owned by. And if Orascom did try to make Wind do something they didn't like, Lacavera could out vote them on the Board. At that point Orascom legally wouldn't be able to do anything about it aside from not loan Wind anymore money.
 

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sk1d your explanation was nonsense. They needed the bending of the laws because they are bigger? making bigger promises? They needed the laws bent because they could not become compliant. There was a quoite 90% of the debt.. so all of the experts, all the know how all of the backing pretty much Orascom bought built and ran it and just said that tony was the boss? A reasonable person can not believe that all the debt and all of the business savvy does not equal control. The CRTC twice said you are not compliant.. why were the other 3 compliant.. the excuse that they were going to be the 4th national network simply does not cut it. Big or small the rules apply to them all.. I shall have that put on a t-shirt and have some busy gal model it. But to get back on point. Why should you bend the rules.. HAD Wind been more modest in their entry could wind have been compliant? No... had they borrowed 450 million or 45 million they still would have gotten it from the same place Orascom and still been non compliant. All the debt means all the control. To believe otherwise is silly. It really is. But as I have said it is all about cheap wireless and as long as you have cheap celly you care not. So the spectrul auction was to bring in more competition.. 3 out of 4 entrants made it.. so there is choice. Clearly all the new players have subs. 3 of them followed the rules and all played under the same set of said rules.. and yet 1 skirted the rules, got a gimme, knew it was going to be appealed.. failed to get funding.. and now instead of saying hey we are Canadian.. we are red and white.. they say.. whats so bad about foreign ownership.. stark contrast to what Tony said before.. so he says so what if Orascom is in control, so what if they read me bed time stories, so what if they tell me what to do and how to do it.. it is, after all... all about cheap cellular.. because.. Rome was not built in a day and the customer decides with his feet, we have to earn his business every month.. Lets home someone reaches out to Tony well Both of them.. and they get their stories right. Because right now.. its a mess.
 

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" what would the foreigners try to make Wind do that would be so bad? They still have to follow all Canadian laws no matter who Wind is owned by "

sk1d ummm are they to choose which laws to follow.. seems to me the law said you can not have that much foreign investment.. so is that not a law they should be following?

So they would follow some laws but not all laws.. interesting.. so what about the laws of paying taxes.. follow or not? Law on employment standards.. yay or nay ..

So does anyone have a answer to why the other 3 entrants had no issues and Wind did.. please do not say they are bigger, please do not say because we need competition.. and also no comments on how you like Tonys wardrobe. Why do the laws apply for the others and not for Wind. You are all aware had wind played by the rules we would not be making these posts. They would have launched and made you all very very happy and no one could have said a word. But you play fast and loose and then you get caught.
 

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Whether you accept it or not, the reason that they needed foreign money is because they are building something much bigger than the others.

You can argue that wanting to build something bigger was a mistake but you cannot dispute that the other new entrants are not trying to build on the same scale as Wind.
 

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While this could be true, what would the foreigners try to make Wind do that would be so bad? They still have to follow all Canadian laws no matter who Wind is owned by. And if Orascom did try to make Wind do something they didn't like, Lacavera could out vote them on the Board. At that point Orascom legally wouldn't be able to do anything about it aside from not loan Wind anymore money.
That is the crux of the matter. That holding of debt should by the structure of shares and BoD composition not be a factor in board decisions, but it could be (and often is in similar cases) because of performance terms and other conditions that do in fact constrain the BoD from making decisions without due consideration being given to the interests of that particular debt holder. The withdrawal of future funding or a call on existing debt could put WIND into insolvency, the BoD can't simply ignore that regardless of their theoretical voting power.
 

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Whether you accept it or not, the reason that they needed foreign money is because they are building something much bigger than the others.

You can argue that wanting to build something bigger was a mistake but you cannot dispute that the other new entrants are not trying to build on the same scale as Wind.
Colin you are running around in circles. You can not use that as a valid excuse. It does not matter what they were building. Nor the scale of it. The rules are the rules. Be it a quickie mart on the corner or a chain of fast food across the country the rules for ownership and control are the same. Also it was an auction so Globalive had no idea how much they would spend or if they would get it. Neither could the government so your argument does not work. I have a feeling the argument I make will come up and the question will be asked how the other entrants were able to comply. The best thing for the 2 Tonys is for this thing to go away and fast. The longer it take the more information trickles out.

Robsaw I too had thought they would do something, anything to become compliant. That is the only chink in the armour Wind has in this issue. The Achilles heel as it were To be fair, and I am a fair man, it is not easy to get anyone to partner up with Sawris let alone convince an investor to get on board with such an uncertain future.

I am also hearing that the other Ken is going to have some damming things to say. Speculation is he will confirm that they were not compliant and knew this, and made no effort to do so. Also they they knew of the investigation upon the back room deals completion.

Interesting days ahead.
 

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You didn't ask for an excuse, you asked for a reason why they needed more money. Two very different things.

I think you have your timeline confused. They did not need to be compliant for the auction. They were advised that they probably were not but were allowed to bid anyway. It was after the auction that the CRTC found them non-compliant and Tony Clement overturned the decision.

Like all higher-ups Ken signed an NDA, he can't say anything.
 

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Didn't the CRTC first come back with a list of changes they wanted Wind to make, and Wind made those changes, but the CRTC denied their entry anyway? I don't remember as this was all hashed out on the Wind forum almost two years ago. I do remember that the government did give the go ahead for Wind to bid on the spectrum, knowing where their debt was held.

I do remember that Rockjock where making the same argument back then as he is now. At least these forums have good moderators on them, unlike Wind's forums, which where non existent. So this shouldn't get too out of control like it did before.
 

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Colin are you getting dizzy? I have asked you why you feel the rules need be bent for wind. Thus far your answer is because they were building something bigger than the rest. It was an auction their intention was to build something bigger.. intent. The broke the rules. We agree? Also now that the judge has looked and as a matter of law wind should be forced to become compliant, or close up shop. Pretty straight simple. My examples I have given you are classic ones.. driving without the right to do so but stating you will get the rights later.. the rules apply across the board... big or small.. in a city or national.

Colin my time line is spot on. You must pass both standards to be able to go to market. This is not a hidden clause. We are not talking about you building your deck out a little too far here.. we are talking about employing experts in the legal field to make sure your t's are crossed and your i's dotted. NDA somehow I knew you would toss that one out there. I sign a NDA while in a company that knowingly dumps toxic waste into a river. It comes to light this is an illegal/unlawful act.. I am indemnified now from my NDA. So if it is a trade secret.. sure it holds up.. but an illegal act? Breach of trust, failure to act with due diligence.. or a clear violation of the laws.. Quashed.

Back to the question. What makes wind so special that the laws do not apply to them? Colin please be clear here. The argument that they had bigger plans, or that the business plan was not attractive to homegrown investors is moot.

BTW nothing personal I am just asking you a honest question.
 

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jshel101 You are correct they did make some changed but they did not address the issue at hand. Then they were told to try again. And the same thing happened and they were told I believe to lower the debt load and it was said pretty much verbatim that they could not believe that all the debt = no control.. then they were denied.. I applaud Colin and Hugh for allowing this discussion to go on. It is of great interest as the question is raised do we change the laws of this land to benefit 1 malcontent since clearly 3 other applicants had no issue getting funding and going to market. Or do we hold wind to task and make them do what they should have done in the beginning.. follow the rules that all companies do. Are they special? Do they deserve special treatment? I found it amusing how Tony would switch his tune.. In the beginning he was wrapping himself int he flag, now he asks whats so bad with foreign investment, foreign control? He never says yea sure we bent the rules, sure the other new guys could have gotten more money and gotten bigger slices of the pie, sure they could have done that.. but what does that matter? The law should be changed. yes we broke it.. but still it should be changed for our favor.. Gooo Wind! Just go.
 
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