The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. BCE Inc. chief executive Michael Sabia’s call for similar regulation of telephone and cable TV providers is being looked at with skepticism by many. Admittedly, it is hard to believe that the country’s largest telecommunications provider needs a better regulatory environment in which to operate. Despite the opening of long distance and local telephony markets, the company really hasn’t lost that much share to competitors. But perhaps Sabia is just better at reading in the tarot cards of the Canadian telecommunications industry.  Is it really time for the CRTC to implement regulations that treat all communications service providers the same? Sabia would have us think so. Michael Hennessy, acting president of the Canadian Cable Television Association, says the CRTC can’t bow to pressure from Canada’s largest phone company because competition is virtually non-existent in local telephony. No one can deny, however, that there is a pending telecommunications revolution coming with the advent of Voice over IP. Talk to date has focused on the entry of companies such as the yet-to-be regulated Vonage into the Canadian market, and the coming foray by cable TV providers into voice communications. New services such as those being offered by the joint venture involving Allstream Inc., NR Communications and Inukshuk Internet Inc. might represent an even greater threat to the telcos’ traditional business than any landline offering. Allstream plans to enter the VoIP game later this year using wireless technology that promises to offer a quality of service comparable to traditional wireline service. Mike Kologinski, executive VP of marketing at Allstream, recently told Network Letter in an interview that its VoIP service "will effectively be a wireline circuit that will give us a good capability." With the use of wireless technology, existing competitors and new entrants can bypass almost completely the need for incumbents’ vast wireline infrastructure. While we still have to take what Sabia is saying with a grain of salt, at least for the time being, perhaps others should find their own Jojo Savard to catch a glimpse of the future.