The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The already longstanding dispute over third-party access to the inside wiring in multiple-unit dwellings (MUDs) appears set for further decades of regulatory and legal wrangling. This week, Bell ExpressVu filed a complaint against Rogers Cable over what it says are anti-competitive practices in the Toronto MUD market (see article in this issue). In the often snail’s paced world of the CRTC, the commission has moved rather quickly on the matter. The CRTC has asked Rogers to respond to the complaint by August 13.   But the commission’s good intentions are likely to get bogged down in procedural maneuvers by the parties involved. That is precisely what happened with an inside wiring case involving Vidéotron last year. Although the CRTC responded relatively quickly to the matter, it still has not been resolved. The cableco has gone down the legal road. Having been denied leave to appeal the CRTC decision by the Federal Court of Appeal, it has taken the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada. A ruling has not yet been made by Canada’s highest court. The CRTC took the rare course of action of issuing a mandatory order against Vidéotron to lease its inside wiring to third-party competitors at 52 cents per subscriber per month. But even after that decision was rendered, the Quebec cableco tied up the regulator’s time by asking it to reconsider and vary the decision. The CRTC ruled on that matter a month and a half ago (CCR Update, June 11/03). Now it has become a matter for the courts. Just like the Vidéotron case, the CRTC will have its hands full for a while with the Bell ExpressVu complaint against Rogers. Even when it does render a decision, either party could then look to the courts to resolve the matter. Complicating matters further, some building owners are already arguing that the CRTC overstepped its jurisdiction in ruling that competing telephone companies be given automatic access to MUDs. If the property owners are successful on the phone front, there could be repercussions with regard to third-party access to inside wires for TV distribution purposes. This is a battle that is bound to outlast the Seven Years War.