The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.It’s ironic that the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) and Shaw Communications have expressed concerns over Telus’ potential inability to offer third-party ISP access to its telephone lines as a result of offering a broadcast distribution service (see story on pages 1-2). Just ask Jay Thomson, president of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP). He regularly stands up at cable and broadcasting conventions to publicly ask when the day will come when his members will be able to secure access to cable Internet lines.  The CRTC has ordered cablecos to open up their lines to third-party access, but in practice – with the exception of a few smaller systems – nothing is happening on that front. "The third (party principle) has existed for some time for Canada’s cable networks, yet Canadians still do not have the ability to choose amongst multiple providers of cable high-speed Internet services," Thomson has told Canadian Communications Reports. His public questioning is intended to increase pressure on large cablecos to lease their lines, and he has also called on the CRTC to continue to "hammer away" at the cable industry on the issue. The issue of third-party access was also recognized by David Johnston, chair of the National Broadband Task Force, who recommended that any public funding of broadband infrastructure to remote areas be tied to opening up the lines to third-party access. Telus says it will be able to fulfill requests for third-party ISP access to its lines with the addition of a TV service, and calls "unwarranted" the "overwhelming concern of the CCTA and Shaw for Telus customers in the Internet business." If Telus is given an exemption on third-party access due to the technological restrictions of its system, then Shaw and the CCTA tell the CRTC that cablecos should also have that same right. Unfortunately for the consumer, even without this concession large cablecos seem to have effectively found a way to shut out third-party access to their lines. Cablecos have not initiated easy and open procedures for third- party access to their lines at reasonable cost. It is time that changed.