The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.No one was more surprised than I was when CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen announced at the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s annual conference in February that the commission would be re-examining the New Media Exemption Order (NMEO) of 1999.  I was convinced the commission would find itself no more able to address the question of how technology is changing broadcast media now than it was in 1999, but the CRTC is finding it hard to turn a deaf ear to the entreaties of broadcasters who argue they are being broadsided by new digital distribution technologies.  The lobby group representing Canadian radio broadcasters has expressed concern about its future in a world of podcasting and peer-to-peer digital music swapping. In response, some of the talent industry associations have proposed that the NMEO be revisited as soon as possible to account for the levels of content found online and on wireless networks. It’s possible that the commission could decide to protect radio and television broadcasters from mobile TV services offered by wireless carriers by deaming these competitors unlicensed broadcasters, thereby forcing them to spend the time and money to obtain the necessary licence or discontinue such operations.  There are numerous creative Canadian firms – usually smaller ones – producing video content expressly for mobile devices. If the CRTC decides these services pose a threat to traditional television broadcasters, savvy wireless network operators and other distributors would be well-advised to look for partners in this emerging industry. Together, the two camps could put Canada on the map as a leader in the mobile video space.