The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.It could have been an arbitrary choice made in this issue to collect the different articles into separate stories. The issues our writers deal with are so clearly and tightly linked that they might well have been grouped into a single feature with deregulation as its theme. Heading into the short holidays, the commission is clearly engaged in a tug-of-war with the industry it serves over its regulatory direction, and the pressure being applied to it is increasing.   It is likely only a matter of time, now, before the broad telecom policy review being asked for is announced. The CRTC has little choice. Even as it puts out a quiet call for input on how to re-regulate IXPL lines, it is hammered with two Part VII applications by the ILECs that have some form of forbearance as their ultimate aim. TELUS’ application for declarations that MTS Allstream and Bell Canada/Call-Net must file tariffs when operating in-territory illustrates the hoops through which the commission will have to jump to come to grips with the spate of merger and acquisition activity recently. TELUS’ analysis of the Bell/Call-Net deal on 360 Networks shows the level of granularity to which researchers at the commission will have to go to apply principles of regulation that many feel are no longer necessary. Of course, that research and those processes will be under pressure to conclude quickly as competition heats up in the VoIP environment, and the commission will have to concede that regulatory delays are an unfair check on the right of the ILECs to compete. Bell’s application for streamlined tariff filing approvals illustrates the extent to which the telco believes it’s already being hindered. Deregulation won’t be accomplished overnight, but it is certainly coming. The commission increasingly resembles a Winnebago towing a mini-van on the highway. The telecom industry, which has a key role to play in the productivity of Canadian citizens, needs to pass, and it’s time for the CRTC to pull over a little to give the driver a clear view.