The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The fella that covers television for The Globe and Mail put it best, albeit in another context. "One gang of moneygrubbers is accusing another gang of moneygrubbers of being in it for the money." John Doyle was referring to the move by the Canadian Cable Television Association to carry American specialty TV channels, much to the chagrin of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. But the notion applies equally well to the bundling dispute before the CRTC.   Those of us who subscribe to Rogers Cable Inc. service are used to hearing from telemarketers beseeching us to get Rogers wireless phones and opening our bills to find special offers on video rentals at Rogers stores and magazine subscriptions from Rogers Publishing. Yet the cableco thinks the ILECs shouldn’t be able to bundle their services. It points to the supposed level of competition available in the television sector. But the cablecos have established geographic monopolies across the country. Some landlords prohibit the deployment of satellite dishes, depriving their tenants of an alternative service provider. Telcos are inching toward the delivery of cable service, but that is still in its infancy. For their part, the telcos play numbers games to assert that competition in the local market is working just fine and dandy, thank you. They conveniently ignore the fact that citizens in most of the country have no opportunity to use a competitor’s service. Even in the few cities where residential telephony exists, the new entrants have a minuscule share of the market. Major centres like Regina, Victoria and Fredericton have no competition to speak of. If the current rules remain in place, it will be years before second tier cities like Brandon, Windsor and Kingston have a choice in their service. The CRTC has been inching toward a more competition-friendly environment in the past 18 months. It will have to weigh the pros and cons of the arguments in this case. The commission may find a middle ground, pleasing no one and leading to several more disputes.