The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Is it time for an overhaul of telecommunications policy in Canada? BCE Inc. would have us think that technological advancements are rapidly changing the face of the country's competitive telecommunications landscape. The country's largest telephone company even says that this new universe might require a change to both the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act. There can be little doubt that new and innovative service offerings are emerging at a feverish pace. Voice over IP (VoIP) is now being offered, or will soon be offered, by a number of companies both Canadian and non-Canadian owned. And soon, office workers will not only be able to walk around the office with Wi-Fi-enabled PDAs connected to the IP PBX, they will be able to go to a coffee shop 3,000 kms away and appear to be in their Toronto office. But does that mean the CRTC needs to change the way it regulates telecommunications? BCE makes a pretty solid case for change. During a media briefing for the Montreal-based press on June 3, Lawson Hunter, executive VP for BCE, and Mirko Bibic, chief of regulatory affairs for Bell Canada, highlighted key reasons for the company's call to overhaul telecommunications policy in Canada.  BCE says it is because of Internet Protocol that we do need to move now to overhaul telecommunications policy in Canada. The company says that the commission needs to recognize that protecting competitors to promote competition doesn't work.  This isn't to say that we agree on all points with Canada's largest telephone company, but the company does have a point in that technological advancements will require new rules for telecom. If, as BCE says, IP will dramatically alter, and is already altering, the face of the telecommunications competitive landscape, it would seem logical that the commission get out in front of it and make policy that applies to the new reality.  We see no harm in using, as Hunter suggests, a "wise persons" committee to undertake a broad telecommunications policy review. At worst, it could conclude that there is nothing wrong with the way the country governs its telecom services sector, and, at best, it might result in a new regulatory regime that works for everyone.