The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. More than two decades ago, Thomas Boswell, the baseball writer for the Washington Post, published a book entitled How Life Imitates the World Series. Recent events make us wonder if telecom life doesn’t mirror the October Classic as well.   The CRTC’s public notice on bundling rules, the subject of our lead story in this issue, is the latest in a series of statements from the regulator that want the ILECs to cede some of their power. We have seen a moratorium placed on winbacks and other promotions. Inspectors will visit the incumbents to guarantee they follow existing rules. The comparison is clear: the ILECs are the New York Yankees. They swagger around the playing field, thinking they should continue to dominate the scene because they have for more than a century. They gobble up market share like David Wells laying waste to beer and chicken wings after a game. They point to the icons, Alexander Graham Bell in one case, Babe Ruth in the other, who preceded them. The CLECs, on the other hand, are the Florida Marlins. They are newcomers to the game, having been around for only a decade or so. Many of the members of their squad started out with more established organizations. After downsizing a few years back, they have returned to prominence. Deciding where the CRTC fits into all of this is a tad more problematic. Commission chair Charles Dalfen was once a telecom lawyer; baseball commissioner Bud Selig once owned the Milwaukee Brewers. But Dalfen’s appointment was heralded by all sides. Selig is regarded as a lightweight, even by the people who hired him. Waiting in the wings are the minor leaguers-the utels, the cablecos and the resellers. The utilities are the perennial bush leaguers, helping the big club from time to time but never quite making it to The Show. The resellers are the independents, hustling out an existence in the Frontier League of telecom. The cablecos are promising that VoIP will be their ticket to glory. But they offer the same cry as the beleaguered fans of the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs-wait until next year!