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US government still concerned about illegal cable stations in Jamaica

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 8:37 AM

A representative of the United States government says the country is still concerned about local cable operators who are broadcasting US channels without the proper license.

Last year local cable operators were given strict orders to desist from illegally transmitting several channels and programmes after US trade representatives met with local authorities during President Barack Obama's visit to the island.

At the time 98 US channels were being aired without the proper license.

But Counselor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kingston, Joshua Polacheck says his government still has ongoing concerns about US channels being broadcast illegally in Jamaica.

 

Counselor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kingston, Joshua Polacheck

Polacheck says the Broadcasting Commission needs to be equipped with the proper resources to address illegal transmission of US content.

 

Counselor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kingston, Joshua Polacheck

Last year cable operators across Jamaica were given until May 31 to remove 19 of 98 channels they had been illegally transmitting which were in breach of United States intellectual property rights.

The Broadcasting Commission also issued a cease and desist directive to all 49 cable television operators across the island who were transmitting channels and programmes without a license.