The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Now, that the CRTC is making moves to speed up its processes, it’s time for the broadcast players to get on board. The CRTC has introduced an expedited dispute resolution process for broadcasting, and has promised more streamlining. But one of the things that is bogging down some of the processes are the industry players themselves, as they ask for extension after extension. One good example is the application by the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA) to have HD Net and Discovery HD Theater added to the list of foreign-owned services eligible for digital distribution in Canada. That process has been stalled for more than two years, as the CRTC delayed to first consider a framework for digital migration. The process has been marred by requests for delays. That’s because the delay in the process is benefiting Canada’s private broadcasters, who don’t want to see the services allowed in Canada. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters tried the same approach with regard to pay TV services, asking the commission to suspend the pay TV applications until it has completed the digital migration and HD proceedings. The CRTC wisely turned down the request. The CCTA has also tried the stalling technique, telling the CRTC that it should extend the deadline for comments on Bell Canada’s two regional broadcast licences and to hold an oral hearing (CCR, June 21/04). If the industry players want the CRTC to be more responsive to their requests, they must do their utmost to ensure that they don’t use “delay” as a tactic in protecting their own interests. Everyone in the industry has to be ready to defend their positions in a timely manner, and be prepared if decisions don’t go in their favour.  Backed by the federal government – which is now requiring the CRTC to report annually on measures they’ve taken to streamline their process – the commission is moving ahead with reforms aimed at making its response more quickly. Stakeholders should have the opportunity to make carefully considered arguments in a fair process, but too often it appears that vested interests use delay, rather than carefully argued points of view, in regulatory processes. It is time now that the CRTC’s efforts are not hindered by an industry that causes delay because it’s afraid of change and/or fiercer competition.