The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Canada appears to have leapt to the forefront of the fibre optic revolution. The flurry of announcements from all levels of government - including municipal - has put Canada's rollout of advanced networks years ahead of even the most optimistic predictions.  Public and private concerns are rolling out this technology in cities and towns across Canada, and at rates so low they're dramatically changing how these new networks are used and deployed.Part of the credit must go to the CRTC and Industry Canada, which have seen little need to apply regulatory scrutiny to companies that merely lay fibre optic cable. A CANARIE paper on the subject notes that: "Canada has a more benign regulatory climate in areas related to dark-fibre networks," particularly compared to the U.S. Industry Canada is once again owed its due for its foresight in funding, through CANARIE, a national and contiguous fibre backbone network. The completion of the most advanced such network in Canada - CA*net 3 - is spawning the development of similar optical networks at the provincial and municipal levels. Another major contributing factor has been the high concentration of optical-based, research-intensive companies in the national capital region.The optical revolution has caught on with such fever that local politicans are seizing on it as an opportunity to have Ottawa seen as being more than a government town. The timing couldn't be better. With its 11 municipalities about to be consolidated into a single city, the decision was made to re-brand the region. The creation of the Ottawa Photonics Consortium, regional Optical Fibre Initiative and National Capital Institute of Telecommunications are only the first salvos of an anticipated explosion of activity, all focused on the exponential growth in demand for more bandwidth. Silicon Valley North is even floating a new moniker these days. If it catches on, Canada's capital could become North America's first ‘Optical Valley'.