The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The federal government’s call for a review of the telecommunications sector is a laudable and timely exercise that should be undertaken. It’s been nine years since the Telecommunications Act was enacted and that’s a long time in the communications world to go without any modifications, given how quickly technology is advancing.  As is expected, some in the industry are happy the review has been called, while others contend that there is no need for vast changes to the telecom regulatory framework. It will be up to the panel of eminent Canadians to recommend just how much the framework should be modernized.  Regardless of the naysayers, there’s no question that elements of the country’s telecommunications framework should be looked at from time to time. And there is no time like the present, given the impact that new technologies and service delivery models are having on the market, and the inability of the existing framework to stimulate competition. It’s hard to argue that the current framework has produced intended results, especially in the local residential telephony market where competition has been slow to take hold. Sure, some claim that the incumbents have put up every possible roadblock they could to draw out the introduction of competition in local telephony. But that doesn’t mean the ILECs shouldn’t have the right to compete on equal footing in new and emerging markets.  We’re not saying that the Bell’s and TELUS’ of the country should have free rein in the local telephony market. What we’re saying is that technology will have a real impact on the competitive landscape in the local market, and the current telecom regulatory framework perhaps doesn’t recognize this enough.  As Network Letter has previously indicated in this space, if a review of the telecommunications sector produces a framework that is better for all providers of communications services, then all interested parties should be happy.