The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Last week, the Canadian Cable Television Association released the first volley in a new lobby campaign aimed at reducing the commission's heavy regulatory load by persuading it to rely more on exemption, forbearance and dispute resolution.  Outlined in a discussion paper entitled E-TV: The Integration of Culture and Commerce, the CCTA calls for the deregulation or forbearance in all areas where there are no bottleneck facilities or potential abuses of market power. What the CCTA is proposing is more evolutionary than revolutionary. An increasing number of regulatory battles are already occurring behind the scenes between industry players and CRTC staff operating within the guidelines of the commission's Interconnection Steering Committee . Companies are also relying more heavily on Part VII applications and the courts to resolve disputes. Industry players want the commission to shift its focus from micro-managing industries to resolving disputes. The CCTA says the CRTC can free up about 20 per cent of its telecom resources by forbearing small independent telcos from regulation. Eliminating unnecessary regulation, it adds, would also enable the commission to respond to disputes in as little as 30 days. The CRTC appears ready to meet the industry at least part way, and it's been given additional financial resources to do just that. February's federal budget included a $10.4 million top up over the next three years for the CRTC, money that will help it respond faster to industry concerns. In its budgetary estimates, the regulator says it plans to "improve our timelines, identify and review processes to be re-engineered and eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements." How quickly these changes are adopted will depend partially on the ability of the cablecos, telcos, CLECs and others to present solutions that strike a balance between the commission's desire to promote competition, and its obligation to safeguard the public interest.The CCTA has tabled its vision. Now it needs to convince its competitors to buy into the idea.