Government seeking reduced roaming rates for Jamaicans
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell says the Government has reached out to the island's telecommunications companies in an effort to get them to reduce call rates for Jamaicans when they travel overseas.
The discussions come against the background of public concern after it was revealed that a government minister racked up a phone bill of more than $1 million over an 11-month period.
The government has since explained that the high phone bill was as a result of the high cost of roaming and data services.
The technology minister says the government has begun to hold talks with one of the two companies on how the rates can be reduced.
Paulwell also says the technology ministry is looking at developing a framework on cost effective communication channels for the public sector.
The opposition, civil society groups and members of the public have called for better management of government-issued cellphones.
They argue that it is unacceptable that ministers and technocrats are racking up millions in phone bills given the country's tight financial climate.
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