The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The Canadian government's decision to introduce amendments to the Radiocommunication Act, effectively giving it more teeth to combat the illegal grey and black satellite TV market, will certainly be welcome news to the broadcasting industry (see short article in this issue for more details). But it will also please public safety organizations, including law enforcement and search and rescue groups, in that they could have greater assurance that a blip on some radar screen is a locator beacon from a crashed airplane and not from some Joe stealing ESPN and HBO from a U.S. satellite TV provider. It may be too early to talk about the ramifications of the amendments since we only have the general sense that they will make it harder for people to import illegal satellite equipment and impose stiffer fines for those who do. But can we really expect that these amendments will decrease the number of Canadians stealing satellite TV signals from U.S. sources? And can we expect that the number of false emergencies to which public safety organizations respond will be equally reduced? The government and the broadcast industry can't expect that satellite signal theft will be completely eradicated with changes to the Radiocomm Act, but they should be encouraged by some evidence showing that there has been a downward trend since the Supreme Court ruled last year that the grey/black satellite TV market was illegal. If the particular stakeholders - government, the broadcasting industry and public safety groups - are really serious about combating this issue, they might want to consider taking a page from the Recording Industry Association of America's book and go after the little guys. The industry and law enforcement officials have already shown that they are willing to go after the importers and distributors of illegal satellite equipment. But maybe the government should begin to charge individual illegal satellite users the cost to respond to an emergency situation that turns out to be false. This would be no different than fining an individual who dials 911 on a lark.