The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The other shoe has finally dropped. The Heritage committee’s report acted as expected on the subject of foreign investment. What was surprising was its recommendations on the CRTC and the department of communications.  For several months now, many stakeholders have realized that changes should be made to the regulator. The Canadian Cable Television Association presented a paper that recommended cutting the number of commissioners (NL, Feb. 26/02). Rumours around the capital suggest CRTC chair Charles Dalfen is amenable to reducing the size of the commission. Comparisons are made with the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S. It has responsibility for more aspects of communications than does the CRTC. Yet, it goes about its tasks with only five commissioners, as opposed to the baker’s dozen in Canada.  Also intriguing is the committee recommendation about working in regulated sectors. This will probably be the hardest to implement, and thus the one the government is most likely to ignore. Concerns about the revolving door between the public service and the private sector are more than justified. Other departments, notably defence, have skirted close to the ethical line on this topic. Without proper oversight, we could easily slip into the mess we see south of the border. But that must be balanced with the ability to earn a living. Having worked at the commission should not automatically prohibit one from working for a telco or broadcaster. Similarly, the CRTC has been able to hire some very talented people from the areas it has jurisdiction over. The recommendation for a new department of communications, echoing the call from the Industry committee, is the one that will probably be implemented. It makes sense to combine the technical and policy functions into one ministry. Having jurisdiction split between two departments has led to turf wars between ministers and senior staff.The government has now been presented with two major studies on the communications sector conducted by its own MPs. It would be wise to act expeditiously on their recommendations.