The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Some hard decisions will be made over the next several months concerning the government’s current antenna tower-siting policy, and some would say it’s about time changes were made. One of the key issues at the centre of potential changes will likely be whether the government should mandate antenna tower sharing. Microcell Telecommunications Inc. would like nothing more than for Industry Canada to mandate site co-location as it argues in comments to the antenna review (see article in this issue). Its rivals, however, see that such a policy move by the department would only serve to benefit Microcell, the operator with the smallest subscriber base and network footprint. But should Industry Canada change its policy and mandate tower sharing for an industry that is characterized as highly, maybe even intensely, competitive? Report on Wireless believes that Industry Canada can’t take a step backward and impose hard line regulation on an industry that has developed relatively well in an environment largely free of regulation. That isn’t to say the current policy is the most effective. Granted, changes could be made to the existing policy that would level the playing field to a certain extent. Eliminating site banking could be a step in the right direction, as Microcell has suggested. But imposing an obligation on operators to offer site co-location upon demand from another operator is probably going a little too far. So how does the department balance the interests of those that believe the current policy is effective and those that want a major overhaul? Industry Canada needs to revisit its policy of encouraging wireless operators to share towers and site locations. It’s clear that from at least one party’s perspective the current "encouragement" provision hasn’t worked. It must reaffirm its central role in the tower-siting process and make sure that every step has been taken to share locations. While it may not be possible in every case due to technical requirements or other issues, at least it can say it did its best. This will not only allow the wireless operators to save money in deploying their networks, it will also demonstrate to communities that Industry Canada is committed to addressing their concerns.