The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.It would not be surprising if Craig Wireless’ request for a year’s delay in rolling out a wireless cable system in British Columbia turns into an indefinite put on hold (See story in this issue). Multipoint distribution system (MDS) technology isn’t cheap enough to make it enticing for a sufficient number of consumers to consider switching from cable or satellite TV.  Moreover, MDS operators suffer from technological limitations that put them in the backseat in the multi-channel digital universe. MDS licensees have been allocated limited spectrum by Industry Canada and have only 90 MHz of capacity. In contrast, most large cablecos have upgraded to 750 MHz, and even most small cable systems have 450 MHz. MDS operators have space for only about 150 channels using current compression technology, making it increasingly difficult for them to compete with cable and satellite TV distributors, which expect to be able to offer double that number. As well, line-of-sight problems can limit the number of places capable of receiving MDS signals. For example, tall buildings can block the pathway, making it impossible to receive the service in smaller adjacent homes.  Look Communications, Craig Wireless’ MDS counterpart in Ontario and Quebec, has adopted a strategy to target multi-dwelling residential units so that numerous customers can be served by the same infrastructure. Craig Wireless CFO Darcy Kindred says this is an approach that its SkyCable subsidiary won’t follow because there are no margins on the bottom line in providing such a service. Craig Wireless management won’t release details of its rollout plan, but targeting single family homes will be expensive because of costly truck rolls. The capital markets seem to have realized the limitations of MDS; they have dried up. Unless SkyCable Pacific can find partners with deep pockets, things do not look promising for MDS in B.C.  The same holds true for Look. Barring a miracle (read: a white knight investor willing to pump millions of dollars into Look to keep it afloat), Look’s days appear numbered.