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#349572 - 08/27/09 11:18 PM PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way
Tricky Dicky Offline
Well our brave PM I spoke of recently has nationalized BTL and in his address in Belmopan on August 24 he mentioned the "V" word. Here is an excerpt from PM Barrows address:

"In addition, the Accommodation Agreement stipulated that the PUC could not regulate Telemediaís rates, leaving the consumers at their mercy. But it still did not stop there. All other existing Telecoms licenses (excepting Speednetís Ė about which more later) had to be revoked. Voice Over Internet Protocol, which we all know gives consumers the cheapest option, is outlawed. Telemedia is able to refuse interconnection to any and everyone, including internet service providers. And the PUC cannot, for any cause and no matter what the complaint, in any way touch or alter Telemediaís license. Finally, the Accommodation Agreement binds each government department, agency, or associated body, to use only Telemediaís services at onerous pre-arranged rates until 2015, and thereafter for successive 3 year renewal periods."

Our PM has made it clear that VOIP should not be denied to consumers and that must include businesses. We all must contact every government official, the BTB, BTIA, Chambers of Commerce, newspapers, TV stations.........eveyone and demand VOIP be restored.

It is no longer a matter of passing a law or SI, it's simply for the board of directors of the new BTL saying to stop blocking VOIP.

The economic boost this would give our businesses all over the country and expecially those in the tourism industry in incalculable. LET'S DO IT NOW !!!!

#349574 - 08/27/09 11:35 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: Tricky Dicky]
Katie Valk Offline
Alot of that talk is good political grandstanding. BTL will be run by GOB like any other biz, to make $. I assume the plan is to sell BTL to a company who can continue investments and upgrading. I'm not expecting VOIP to be legalized, either under GOB or the new owners. I would be okay with the PUC making that decision, looking at outside models, and deciding what to do. The PUC have a methodology they employ to determine rates for utilities
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#349575 - 08/27/09 11:38 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: Katie Valk]
SP Daily Offline
VOIP is a standard business tool the world over. Belize needs it to be competitive!

#349595 - 08/28/09 03:09 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: SP Daily]
elbert Offline
Has anyone checked , I heard it was restored/unblocked yesterday.
it says invalid phone number

Edited by elbert (08/28/09 03:14 PM)
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#349597 - 08/28/09 03:16 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: elbert]
elbert Offline
I like the last line, " Can you afford to be left behind ?"

Edited by elbert (08/28/09 03:23 PM)
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#349604 - 08/28/09 04:26 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: elbert]
Caye Connect Offline
VoIP is still blocked...


#349606 - 08/28/09 05:06 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: Caye Connect]
elbert Offline
Yep it comes back 'Blocked'
OK Right Honorable Dean Barrow time to get the board in motion.
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#349680 - 08/29/09 07:59 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: elbert]
Tim Callanan Offline
VOIP has been blocked on the Mexico side(by BTL). Its a shame, don't think they will lift the block,to much money to be made,sad (greed).
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#349736 - 08/30/09 07:15 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: Tim Callanan]
Tricky Dicky Offline
Originally Posted By: Tim Callanan
VOIP has been blocked on the Mexico side(by BTL). Its a shame, don't think they will lift the block,to much money to be made,sad (greed).

The PM is smarter than the regular bear. He must know that for every dollar he loses in long distance reveneus he will gain many more dollars in tax revenue from the tourism, real estate, lawyers, accountants, more retires from the US because they can stay in touch cheaply, etc., etc.,

I would think the BTB, BTIA, Chamber of Commerce, etc would be at his doorstep pointing these things out to him. Keep your fingers crossed AND plant a seed where ever you can.

#349760 - 08/31/09 03:33 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ........VOIP on the way [Re: Tricky Dicky]
bywarren Offline
I donít understand how the PUC, whose function it is to regulate a private utility to be sure it is operating in the publicís best interest, can be prevented by law from doing that yet the GOB can pass a law allowing the government to take over a private utility.
It would seem to me the GOB could have passed legislation to allow the PUC to do itís job without going to the extreme of taking over the company.
It will be necessary to have an effective PUC no matter who runs the utility to be sure it operates in the publicís best interest.
It just seems to me that these extreme measures were more a result of the anger towards Ashcroft as opposed to insuring the utility would operate in the publicís interest.
As deserving as that anger is, having a systems that works no matter who is involved seems to be a better solution than a government takeover.

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