The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Earlier this month, the federal government appointed a "wise-persons" panel to conduct a review of Canada’s telecommunications policy. That panel has before it the opportunity to begin breaking down the regulatory silos in which telecom and broadcasting - and thus new media - are treated. We urge them to take advantage of that chance.   An informal Decima Reports reader poll conducted a few months ago showed that many of our readers consider telecommunications and broadcasting regulations outdated and overly restrictive. The online poll has little scientific validity and we run them out of curiosity more than any academic rigour. In the context of our poll, however, we’d say it’s now time to re-think communications policy in the country. The CCTA is one organization that has been saying for months that the review, which is largely in response to Bell Canada’s long urging for reform in a competitive environment, should be broad enough in scope to account for the new ways in which digital networks are being used, and that silos such as "broadcasting" and "telecommunications" are increasingly irrelevant to how people use communication technologies. Our reader poll would lead us to believe that many of our readers will also concur with the CCTA’s thrust. News in this issue that Rogers will soon begin delivering TV to mobile handsets is proof enough that convergence is upon us. Cheap electronics are changing the way we interact with each other, with branded content, and with the broader culture. Regulations that restrict who may deliver what content, including voice, television, and Internet, will increasingly stand in the way of innovation. As we note in our story about the new partnership between MyThum Interactive and Givex, Canada lags well behind the rest of the world in the adoption of some new technologies including SMS. We are still living with the legacy of a monopoly broadcast and telecom environment. Regulations and laws that prevent new content providers from pushing the bounds of technological capability will hobble Canada in the long term.