The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The government’s National Broadband Task Force was introduced with all the appropriate bells and whistles, but one wonders whether it will be an effective advocate for promoting connectivity or just another glorified photo op for all concerned.  When former Industry minister John Manley announced the creation of the initiative, one person close to the topic suggested to Network Letter that the membership of the panel should total no more than 12 to 15 people. The 30-member Information Highway Advisory Council was held up as an example of what not to do. Yet this body has six more people on it than IHAC did. It is top-heavy with presidents, CEOs and other executives. As one CEO who serves on the committee remarked, "Presidents are not always the best ones to look at these issues." That particular executive plans to utilize other people in his company. How many others plan to do so is anybody’s guess. If the task force becomes an alliance of 36 public and private organizations, each bringing its full participation to the exercise, there is room for hope. If it is merely 36 individuals looking for another bragging point to put on their résumés in anticipation of the next "CEO of the Year" award, the task force will be a dismal failure. This government has had a spotty record when it comes to promoting telecom issues. On the one hand, it has promoted initiatives like CANARIE and expansion of connectivity. But consider the efforts of the Senate subcommittee on communications. It unveiled plans last spring to undertake a broad three-part investigation of the state of communications in Canada (NL, Apr. 25/00). As the hearings chugged along, it became obvious that some senators did not have a clue about the issues involved. The election call last fall put the committee, and its observers, out of their misery – at least for the time being. Only dedicated work by the 36 organizations involved will prevent the task force from becoming a task farce.