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Opposition wants update on VoIP dispute

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Opposition is demanding that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) update the country on its intervention efforts in relation to the decision by telecommunications entities LIME and Digicel to block certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications.

Dr Andrew Wheatley, the Opposition Spokesman on Information Communication Technology (ICT), says it has been more than three months since the OUR’s intervention.

He says although the OUR had stated in July that it had requested additional information from the telecoms companies and had the matter under review the nation is yet to receive an update.

Meanwhile, Wheatley has also questioned the Government’s silence on the issue.

He says while matters of enforcement and oversight are within the OUR’s remit, it is the Government that actually sets policy direction and law.

He is also criticising the Government for continued delays in bringing forward suitable legislation which would avert controversy such as that now being seen in the VoIP-related dispute between the telecoms providers and other sector interests.

Wheatley says the absence of robust and effective ICT legislation is setting back the ICT sector, because gaps in the existing legislative provisions are being exploited.


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