Sun | Nov 19, 2017

G2K wants revision of regulation on data charges

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:24 PM
Audley Shaw ... has explained that the bulk of the $8 million cell phone bill in one year were charges for data roaming and that he was not aware they were being generated.

The young professional affiliate of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, Generation 2000 (G2K) says the issue of high telephone bills has highlighted the need to revisit regulations that govern telecommunications service providers.

According to G2K, there are often complaints from people that they have exhausted their phone credit due to lack of controls by service providers for data and roaming charges.

G2K says oftentimes there is no warning when data charges are being piled up.

It is recommending that policymakers revisit regulations that govern these service providers, with a view to implementing measures that will strengthen the ability of consumers to manage their data usage.

The G2K was reacting to news that Finance Minister Audley Shaw has racked up more than $8 million in cell phone bills in one year.

The information obtained by Television Jamaica through the Access to Information Act show that in October alone, Shaw incurred $4 million.

Shaw has explained that the bulk of the charges were incurred in data roaming fees, and that he was not aware they were being generated.