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Wheatley affirms gov't's support for net neutrality

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 8:48 AM
Dr Wheatley says phone providers should reassess their business models and become more innovative. - File photo

The Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley is reaffirming the Government's support for net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the principle of equal access to Internet content and applications.

In November last year, there was widespread complaints by mobile phones users in Jamaica that a local phone company was blocking WhatsApp calls. 

According to Dr Wheatley, phone providers should reassess their business models and become more innovative.

He says for Caribbean countries to become greater producers of technology, there must be an unhindered environment for innovation, creativity and freedom of expression.

However, Dr Wheatley says there seems to be some confusion with the application of net neutrality rules in US and the EU compared with the Caribbean.

He says each Caribbean country must determine how best these rules work for their economic goals.