The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Janet Yale has given the federal government a very strongly worded ultimatum on the subject of grey and black market satellite TV enforcement: help us or get out of the way.  But even if the government was to begin coast-to-coast raids on illegal dish dealers and virtually close down the grey and black markets, the CCTA would not sit back and happily endorse the status quo with regards to such requirements as carriage regulations and contributions to Canadian culture and expression. No, the cable lobby group would renew its assault on current CRTC regulations and other Canadian policies that it feels hinder its members from meeting consumer demands and increasing profits. The cable association’s position is clear in its submission this month to Industry Canada’s innovation agenda process (see story in this issue), and its presentation earlier this year to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage examining the broadcasting system. It wants an overhaul of the regulatory environment – with or without a crackdown on the grey and black markets. The CCTA complains to Industry Canada, for example, that new regulatory obligations, such as for minority-language programming services, digital Category 1 specialty channels, and high-definition television are using up capacity meant to respond to competition from direct-to-home satellite TV providers. At the same time, however, many cablecos have been content to relegate mandated channels like the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to the upper reaches of the television dial, while placing their barker channels or shopping channels in more accessible spots. There’s no doubt that television piracy is a problem. However, the cable industry’s call for the government to protect its own regulatory and cultural policies by cracking down on the illegal grey and black markets rings hollow. After all, these are the very regulatory and cultural policies that the cable industry is lobbying to have changed.