The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.  The C.D. Howe Institute has confirmed what most telco competitors have already known for some time: the CRTC’s policies on promoting competition in the local residential telephony market haven’t worked and the commission should bear the brunt of the blame (see article here). But as many have and continue to ask, what can be done to create an environment where there will be greater competition in the local telephony market segment?  Report on Wireless says there would be greater competition in this market if wireless local number portability (LNP) were mandated for all wireless service providers (WSPs), not just WSPs that are also CLECs. Microcell Telecommunications Inc., currently the only wireless CLEC, is already benefiting from number portability in Vancouver, much to the dismay of Telus Communications Inc.  Microcell will likely benefit to a much larger degree when it expands the service to other urban centres such as Toronto and Montreal. Reopening the wireless LNP file – it was last dealt with in 1999 – would ruffle the feathers of the incumbent telcos and their wire-less units. They would argue that it should be their choice to become wireless CLECs so they could offer wireless LNP or not. It is highly likely that they would choose not to because of wireline subscriber cannibalization by wireless. The commission shouldn’t listen to the cries from the incumbents. It should act for the greater good of local residential competition and make LNP mandatory for all wireless companies. A move to mandate wireless number portability for all WSPs would immediately give about 14 million wireless subscribers the opportunity to drop their landline without having to give up their phone number (minus those that already have). Isn’t that the level of competition the CRTC has envisioned for the local residential market? A decision by the commission to reopen the wireless number portability issue must be taken in the context of further decisions favourable to the competitors. Positive decisions in the "network of networks" and CDNA proceedings would go a long way toward reducing the cost structure for competitors. Real competition to the incumbents in the provision of local residential services will only come from wireless operators and the commission needs to recognize that now.