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LIME-Digicel duopoly dangerous

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Thanks for covering the silent war that both Digicel and LIME are waging against our choices as consumers. I have been silently stewing about this issue and have tried in vain to get fellow citizens to pay attention. I was very heartened to see this issue discussed so succinctly in the paper on Sunday, August 24, 2014 ('The dark side of VoIP war').

I am outraged that the two aforementioned companies are trying to take Jamaica back into the digital Dark Ages. Their action in blocking VoIP providers threatens to disconnect Jamaicans from the rest of the progressive world. At a time when other progressive societies are championing more open access to technology, Digicel and LIME are attempting to restrict technology.


The Government and the Office of Utilities Regulation should not sit idly by while these providers strangle us to death with their excessively high fees. Jamaicans are not getting richer and we need reprieve from this duopoly.

As the column on Sunday so appropriately stated, as long as my actions are not supporting criminal enterprise, I should be able to use the broadband/Wi-Fi which I pay for to conduct my affairs as I like.