The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Chum should be commended, and not scorned, for some recent maneuvers that would win it an entrepreneur of the year award south of the border. First it tried to take advantage of an apparent loophole in Star Choice’s contract with Telesat Canada to try to secure another transponder for itself. Had it been successful, Chum could have guaranteed that many of its Category 2 channels would launch this year. The CRTC was called in at the eleventh hour to intervene, and it quickly nixed the idea. Now Chum, to the surprise of many, has applied for even more Category 2 channels and that’s not sitting well with some of the other digital licensees that fear Chum is trying to horn in on their turf. It seems that some of Chum’s applications resemble channels that have been licensed but haven’t launched yet. This isn’t a question of fairness, as some have suggested. It’s a question of knowing what is and isn’t allowed under regulation, and taking advantage of grey areas that may provide a competitive advantage. JumpTV is another case in point. When the CRTC declared new media broadcasting in 1999, it effectively opened the door for a new type of BDU – one that operates on the Internet, and without a broadcasting licence. Broadcasters whose signals would be retransmitted on these new Internet "cable" sites are fighting to keep JumpTV from ever launching. BCE has also become adept at identifying these opportunities, and moving on them before the window of opportunity closes. One of the main reasons it succeeded in buying CTV was because there was little the CRTC, the Competition Bureau or even the federal Cabinet would be able or willing to do to stop it. If BCE had made its move for CTV one year earlier, or one year later, it may not have succeeded. Challenging the rules and the interpretation of rules is a healthy exercise that encourages risk taking. It can also result in the elimination of unclear or unnecessary regulations. What’s surprising is that there aren’t more mavericks challenging the status quo in Canada. They may not always win, but they should not be fearful of trying.