Videotron Ltd. is calling for a limited spectrum cap without set asides in the upcoming 700 MHz auction. Videotron president and CEO Robert Dépatie said Wednesday that companies that now own low-frequency spectrum should be limited to purchasing one block of spectrum but those without any can purchase two. Dépatie said at the Canadian Telecom Summit that the next spectrum auction, which is expected for late next year or in early 2013, presents the government with an “opportunity to cement true wireless competition.” “If the Canadian government would like to see how well the industry would perform when carriers can really compete, then equal footing is the place to start,” he said in a keynote address. “I am deeply concerned that without balanced access to spectrum, Canada’s wireless new competitors will not be able to sustain themselves in the face of incumbents’ structural advantages.” Dépatie said his proposal clearly delineates the incumbents as Rogers Communications Inc., Bell Canada and Telus Corp. and gives new players a chance to catch up. The proposal would neither exclude any company nor guarantee that any one succeeds, he said. The summit featured diverse opinions on the auction rules, with Bell and Rogers calling for an open auction, others agreeing with Videotron about caps, and Globalive Wireless Management Corp. pushing for set asides. New Industry Minister Christian Paradis addressed the summit Tuesday but didn’t comment on the auction rules.