The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.  Now, that the CRTC has bowed to political pressure and loosened its protectionist policies with regard to foreign-owned, general interest third-language TV channels, it must ensure that its safeguards are adhered to. The commission must enforce the tiering rules that it has established, and it must be vigilant in ensuring that the foreign channels coming into Canada also make their programming available to their Canadian counterparts. As a result of their ruling, the CRTC may find itself acting as an arbitrator in disputes over programming. For example, already RAI International – which should be eligible to enter Canada under the new rules – is making it hard for Canadian-owned Italian/Spanish specialty TV channel Telelatino to acquire its programming.  For the sake of Canada’s ethnic broadcasters, the CRTC should come to a decision quickly on these disputes and use its powers under the Broadcasting Act to enforce its rulings. After all, it is the Canadian ethnic broadcasters that are required to invest in Canadian content, while the foreign-owned channels are not. The commission should also sooner, rather than later, reconsider the idea of a fund for third-language programming that the foreign players would be required to pay into. The longer the commission shies away from implementing such a fund, even if it is only a small amount at the beginning, the harder it will be to get these foreign channels to play by new rules.  It is unfair to Canada’s ethnic broadcasters that a large public broadcaster such as RAI will not have to contribute anything to the Canadian broadcasting system. For the time being, Telelatino will have an advantage because it is an analog channel with a much greater penetration than these new foreign TV channels, which will be distributed in digital. But as we move toward a 100% digital environment, that advantage will dissipate. The commission must ensure as level a playing field as possible. One way to do that would be to force the foreign broadcasters to pay into a fund.