The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Proposed retransmission regulations released to industry stakeholders March 19 for feedback represent an extraordinarily good balancing act on the part of Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada officials, who should be commended for a valiant effort to at least partially satisfy the demands of all sides. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), however, has hit the nail on the head with its statement that, in the end, no compromise on the issue may be possible. Last fall, Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps and Industry minister Brian Tobin promised to close the loophole on Internet retransmission. Canadian NEW MEDIA pointed out at the time that, in the plain English of reasonable observers, that would have meant shutting down operations such as iCraveTV and JumpTV, and that any compromise on that position would constitute a "gross exercise in Newspeak." The Newspeak has since flowed fast and furious. The CAB and others have sat on their hands until now, mute on the clear violation of the ministers’ promises that C-48 represents. Now, they’ve broken their silence to condemn regulations that "pander" to JumpTV and others. We don’t argue that it should be otherwise. CNM has consistently defended the need for small innovators to test these crucial waters unencumbered by shackling laws so long as only a very small percentage of people actually want to watch Internet TV. Still, it’s clear that the debate is far from over, and we applaud the CAB for a principled stand. The time for cautious public statements and secretive backroom dealings is over. Stakeholders such as the Canadian Film and Television Production Association and the Canadian Cable Television Association may be generally satisfied with the direction of the proposed regulations, but JumpTV and the CAB still face each other across a yawning chasm that may never be successfully bridged.