The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Now that Industry Canada has handed off the responsibility for conducting a national review of its antenna tower siting policy, David Townsend and the an-tenna tower working group have taken on the monumental task of taking the pulse of the Canadian public as it relates to the controversial issue. Townsend has set himself a six-week period to gain substantial information regarding public sentiment in an electronic town hall setting. That first round of comments will serve as fodder for a second consultation. There can be little doubt that a substantial number of Canadians will want a greater role in the process of where, or even whether, wireless communications towers are erected in their communities. While no one will question the hard work that lies ahead for the University of New Brunswick law professor, the real work won’t begin until Townsend begins drafting his final recommendations. He hopes to complete those by December 1. Balancing the desires of Canadians and Canadian communities to have a greater say in the tower site selection process against the needs of wireless operators to quickly and efficiently roll out wireless communications networks will be nothing less than monumental. The conundrum facing the consultation working group and advisory board, appointed to provide expert advice, can be summarized as follows. Canadians living in the ever-expanding suburbs of metropolitan cities want access to advanced wireless communications services, but they may not necessarily want a cell phone tower in their backyard. The mobile wireless operators, on the other hand, want to provide the service to those regions, but the erection of their towers could face increased opposition by communities that don’t want towers in their neighbourhoods. Carriers say the current process works well. However, some communities and community groups are saying the exact opposite. Are those opposed to towers simple anomalies that should be disregarded for the sake of the big picture? Or are the carriers simply arm-twisting citizen groups into accepting the towers in their backyards? Those are two questions Townsend and the consultation working group are going to have to answer.