The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.  Hearings into a proposed tariff on ringtones got underway this month with a coalition of wireless industry stakeholders and the Canadian record labels arguing that supplying ringtones to subscribers does not constitute a communication to the public by telecommunications. The coalition opposing Tariff 24 is made up of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, Bell Mobility, Telus Mobility and the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).  The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada has argued in the past and will no doubt argue again that downloading a ringtone does have a communication to the public right attached to it.  Report on Wireless will again use this space to say that wireless carriers shouldn’t have to pay a levy on the communication to the public by telecommunications right – that is if the Copyright Board of Canada approves Tariff 24. They are not the suppliers of the ringtones, they are only the conduit through which consumers download them.  It is the wireless content developers, which are the true ringtone suppliers, and they should be the target of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) in their fight to claim royalties for their members. Mobile content companies take the recorded music and transform it into a ringtone. They, in turn supply it to the wireless operator.  There is no question why SOCAN is targeting the wireless carriers. It is because they have the deepest pockets and reaping significant revenue by supplying them to subscribers. Additionally, ringtone sales are increasing at a healthy rate and will almost certainly top three million sold. This could represent about $6 million in revenue for the Canadian wireless carriers and their content partners.  While this represents only about $600,000 across the entire industry – if we use the formula for 2005 – again it is the principle of the issue: wireless carriers aren’t ringtone suppliers. They provide the "dumb pipes" through which consumers download ringtones.