The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Mike Kedar is once again asking the federal government to open up access to the country's wireless carriers' networks, all in the hope that this will spur deployment into rural and remote regions of Canada (see lead story). While laudable in concept, mandating third-party access would do little to help speed up deployment of services into the hinterlands.Kedar has gone to bat on this issue before and struck out. Back in 1995, he asked the CTRC to mandate third-party access. Three years later, the commission refused to set interconnection fees, thus thwarting his bid.In his most recent foray, there's no question he's raised some interesting points and makes a compelling argument. On the surface his assertions are logical: more players, more choice, increased competition. He says 'let me have access to already allocated spectrum at a reasonable cost in the urban areas and I'll use profits from those operations to subsidize expansion into the hinterlands'.But does Canada need more competition? And will increased competition actually speed up the deployment of services in rural Canada?On the first front, it appears that Canadians are enjoying a healthy level of competition. Canada has some of the lowest priced wireless services in the world, and subscriber turnover levels are generally still unacceptably high. Some carriers are reporting churn rates of about three per cent. High levels of churn suggest consumers are trying competitive alternatives.Secondly, Canadians in under-served markets will soon be receiving advanced wireless services. Both Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility have committed to deploying their 2.5G networks to mirror analog coverage of about 95 per cent of the country's population.All this taken into consideration, it's hard to see how opening up wireless networks to third-party service providers would improve the competitive landscape.Though the Canadian wireless market isn't perfect and more could be done to expand service into rural and remote regions of the country, creating artificial competition through regulation isn't the solution.