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An open letter to Flow

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to LIME/Flow, the Consumer Affairs Commission, the Government of Jamaica, the Office of Utilities Regulation, and all other bodies that are supposed to have the best interests of the Jamaican consumers as top priority.

I am a hard-working, tax-paying Jamaican with a wife and two children, and I have not received a raise in salary for more than four years now.

In the meantime, I've had several raises in my bills for electricity, water, food and almost everything else that I can think of. As if that wasn't bad enough, now I'm going to have to deal with an unwarranted raise for cable and Internet from LIME/Flow, who is apparently Jamaica's next top monopoly.

Very soon, my family and I will be living hand to mouth. Is this the Jamaican Dream? I read the Vision 2030 document cover to cover, and nowhere in it did it state that Jamaicans would suffer from ever-growing taxes and utility bills. I even read the irony between the lines about Jamaica becoming the place to live, work, raise families and do business.

Instead of running to create more monopolies in Jamaica, why don't we try to diversify the market and create some competition so that the long-suffering Jamaicans can get a better deal? Look at how competition between the phone companies resulted in better call rates? I'm thinking JPS could use a little competition, too.

So, unless someone plans to lobby for a raise in pay to go along with all these other raises, can somebody in the government please stand up for Jamaica?

Mark Blackwood