Public hearings being held this week by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) could very well determine the future regulatory framework of voice over IP (VoIP) in Canada.

Canadian providers — and potential providers — of VoIP services congregated in Gatineau, Que. this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to get their voices heard by the telecommunications regulator during the proceedings.

Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) like Telus Corp. and Bell Canada — representing also Aliant Inc., SaskTel and T