The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The CRTC’s decision this week to move more quickly on retail tariff filings and to finally deal with some major issues in the next couple of weeks is welcome news to many in the industry (see lead article for reaction). But it doesn’t replace the need to have a broad review of the telecommunications sector.  The telecom review, announced in the federal budget on February 23, will look at issues of regulation, access and ICT adoption with the goal of modernizing the country’s telecommunications regulatory and policy framework. One could argue that changes already underway, some of which are now public, at the commission will go a long way to modernizing telecom regulation and that there is no longer a requirement to conduct the review.   But that is a shortsighted view of the current tinkering taking place at the CRTC. It’s hard to argue that some of the newest members at the commission – Richard French and Len Katz – aren’t doing their part to lessen the regulatory burden on carriers, but they are limited in that they can only work within the confines of existing legislation.  Can they make things easier for the carrier community?  Yes, and they are in making the retail tariff approval process more ILEC friendly, setting out a plan for local forbearance and releasing a position paper on the next price cap regime (all of which are slated to come out in the very near future).   But none of these issues deal with the much larger problem of using rules developed to create competition in an environment where competition is already taking hold. New rules need to recognize that technological developments can rapidly make regulation out of date with reality. The Internet is a clear example of that and raises a very important question. How can facilities-based competition be a key tenet of the next Telecom Act when local providers no longer need to own facilities to provide service?   This is only one question that the telecom review panel will have to address, but it is an important exercise that the industry needs to go through.