The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Congratulations are in order for the students of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto for last Friday’s conference on Internet re-transmission. Every stakeholder in the current debate over JumpTV was in the room, and the day was a valuable preview of the upcoming battle – name-calling and cheap shots included. There was, during the course of the panel discussions, one single telling moment that brought the picture into sharp focus. Gary Maavara, charged with bringing Global Television into the 21st century, asked, "why do we need companies like JumpTV. What’s wrong with what the broadcasters are doing?" A pin might have dropped, but you couldn’t hear it for the gasps of quickly inhaled breaths. The venerable Hudson Janisch (associate dean of U of T’s Faculty of Law), properly reminded those in attendance of the value of disruptive technologies and innovative new firms and the role they’ve played in creating the broadcasting world as we now know it. Cable companies ("piratical pig-dogs of death" in the vernacular of one participant) played an indispensable role in bringing modern television to almost every TV in the country, dragging old-world broadcasters with them. Farrel Miller of JumpTV told the audience he intends to do the same with this newest medium. Broadcasters, as was consistently pointed out, lost their gatekeeper function over content to the cable companies. They are now fighting tooth and nail to own cyberspace. In the current debate over Section 31 of the Copyright Act, Miller is asking for a level playing field on which his venture will succeed or fail on the basis of market forces. That’s fair, and we urge the federal government to keep the gates open in the interest of protecting Canadians’ choice of how they connect.