The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The DSLcon Canada conference and exhibition that has just concluded in Toronto can be ranked as a qualified success. Organizers had anticipated between 350 and 500 registrants; by mid-week 651 signed in. This marks the first time the show has had a specific Canadian component. Plans are underway to hold another next year.  The discussions on DSL covered the North American market as a whole. The panelists were able to discuss the situation in Canada and in the United States and to learn from one another. The mix of large and small companies permitted the sharing of ideas in ways usually not done. But for a conference that's hoping to fill a void created by the loss of the Canadian Business Telecommunications Alliance's annual conference, there's still room for improvement. For example, some panelists used the forum to promote the interests of their own firms rather than the industry in general. What should have been information sessions turned into infomercials. The use of some panelists in more than one proceeding led to facts being rehashed. Particularly disappointing was the session, "Who Is Winning the Battle between DSL & Cable Modems". Presenters had difficulty staying on topic and audience interaction was minimal. The session deteriorated into a lecture rather than a spirited debate on modern technology. The idea was great; the execution needs to be stronger. The exhibition proved to be a good venue for dozens of suppliers to display their wares. The changing nature of the business was underscored when Newbridge Networks had a booth across the aisle from its soon-to-be owner Alcatel Telecom. One organizer joked, "Next year we'll have four companies and 100 booths." Even allowing for the hyperbole, it does illustrate the concentration the industry is undergoing. DSLcon hit the right balance among participants. The information available was not so detailed as to be indecipherable to anyone without an engineering degree. By the same token, it was not so remedial as to be repetition of the obvious. It will be interesting to see how the conference evolves next year.