The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.There are certain expressions that seem antiquated these days: antimacassar, wireless telegraphy, dot com millionaire. One wonders if the term "winback" may soon be added to the list.   The CRTC has now suspended winback promotions pending a review of the whole topic. The issue arose when Bell Canada applied to run a promotion from February until April. The incumbent wanted to forgo the $55 connection charge for residential customers. Toronto-area CLEC Futureway Communications Inc. protested, citing the CRTC’s own figures to show that competition does not truly exist (NL, Jan. 13/03). The commission agreed, at least to the point of issuing Telecom Public Notice 2003-1, which got the review started. It has told the major ILECs it will no longer consider winback promotions until after a decision has been rendered on the matter. Futureway and the other CLECs are, not surprisingly, happy about the turn of events. As Call-Net Enterprises Inc. senior VP regulatory and strategic partnerships Jean Brazeau tells Network Letter, "it created unnecessary churn in the marketplace and of course that resulted in higher acquisition costs for us. We’d get a customer for a day or a week and we would have to pay Bell all sorts of fees to transfer the customer over and then we lost that customer within a week or a day or even before they were on our network." The commission has shown its displeasure with predatory pricing moves of late. Last month it zapped the ILECs on two fronts. First it went after Bell for violating the winback rules (NL Update, Dec. 9/02). Eight days later, the CRTC declared Canada’s largest telco had been playing fast and loose with the bundling regulations (NL, Dec. 16/02). This public proceeding is a natural continuation of the trend. This effort, combined with the House of Commons Industry committee study of foreign investment limits, indicates that the federal government may finally be ready to offer sustainable competition in the telecom market.