The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.It arrives like clockwork. The leaves fall, the snow comes and Internet providers scream to the CRTC about third-party access. On the face of it, the IMCAIP protest to the commission detailed in this issue may seem like one more segment in a long litany of complaints. After all, the small ISPs have been accusing the big players of blocking access almost from the time Al Gore invented the Internet. But there are new concerns in this fight. The cablecos and telcos have introduced a new technology that could make the dial-up system a prime candidate for the delete bin. But that lite service, at lower rates than regular DSL or cable modems, cannot be offered by independent ISPs at an affordable rate. The established companies are using the tariffs set for one regime to hinder rollout of the newer service. Bell argues that the technology exists for its wholesale customers to adapt to lite service. That is technically true, but that adaptation cannot take place in a financially responsible manner. Rogers appears to be talking out of both sides of its mouth. In our story in this issue, the cableco’s VP Taanta Gupta says that it is too early to set new tariffs because lite was only introduced in April. Yet minutes later, she wonders why IMCAIP waited all this time before filing its submission. In the traditional wireline sector, fears are being raised that the decline of competition could lead to the establishment of a duopoly in telecom or even the return of monopoly. Yet, if unchecked, the Internet market could see a similar narrowing of choice. Consumers will have the option of DSL from their ILEC or a cable modem from the cableco. Technological limits already rule out DSL as a choice for some users. Distance from the central office, the age of inside wiring and other restrictions force clients to opt for cable or lite. The commission should act quickly to ensure we don’t lose more players in the telecommunications sector.