The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The tumultuous world of telecom is starting to learn the folly of being insular. Several items in this edition of Network Letter reinforce the point that industry is influenced by more forces than it sometimes realizes.  As Christopher Taylor points out in his Newsmakers column, we all have a stake in the performance of communications conglomerates. "When big companies stumble, they look for support wherever they can find it, including public policy makers and regulators," he writes. As citizens and as taxpayers, that affects us all. Public input, both to the CRTC and to Parliament, would come flooding in. Then there is the power of the courts. We see one concrete example and one potential case that illustrate the outside influence on business. The move by the Ontario Superior Court disallowing the privatization of Hydro One has created a major headache for Ontario’s new premier Ernie Eves. Does he challenge the ruling in higher courts? If he does, he can be assured that the unions that initiated the action will cite every legal precedent to defeat him. Does he change the rules through legislation? That response will lead to filibusters from the Opposition and could lead to a growing sense that the Ontario Conservatives are bullies who govern with all the finesse of a bulldozer. The courtroom may ultimately decide the fate of Teleglobe. Our story about the ad hoc committee of investors should remind executives that they have responsibilities to their shareholders. Over the last few years, investors have become quite vocal in asserting their rights and power. Bank presidents, who once sailed through annual general meetings as if cruising on the Riviera, now find themselves facing mutiny every 12 months. (To extend the nautical analogy, Jean Monty would be well advised to keep Teleglobe away from icebergs near Newfoundland.) Recognition of responsibilities to outside forces is just one more change in the ever-adapting business climate. It is a lesson all industry executives should take to heart.