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#349573 - 08/27/09 11:26 PM PM nationalizes BTL ....is 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 Telemedia’s rates, leaving the consumers at their mercy. But it still did not stop there. All other existing Telecoms licenses (excepting Speednet’s – 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 Telemedia’s license. Finally, the Accommodation Agreement binds each government department, agency, or associated body, to use only Telemedia’s 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 !!!!

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#349577 - 08/27/09 11:55 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: Tricky Dicky]
elbert Offline
Wasn't this sort of thing a major reason for the take over...?
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#349582 - 08/28/09 01:55 AM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: elbert]
Tricky Dicky Offline
I sure hope so. Within the past two months I've spoken to two people in consequential positions who feel this is imperative to the survival of the country in these trying economical times especially in tourism (Economical phone service to our major market in the US), merchants (the ability to locate and pursue competive purchasing of their wares)retires who wish to be in communications with their loved ones and friends in the US and elsewhere, and lets not forget the hundreds of thousands of Belizeans who would love to be able to speak to their relatives in the US on a regular basis. I believe it is worth some of our time to remind everyone in government from our brave PM on down that this is important to the success of the Belizean economy.

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#349584 - 08/28/09 04:01 AM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: Tricky Dicky]
deadserious Offline
According to:

http://consejo.bz/belize/voip-btl.html

Skype blocking has been stopped as of the 27th.
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#349655 - 08/29/09 01:35 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: Tricky Dicky]
Glorias Offline
It appears there may be a snag with unblocking voip down there. I get the TV news on-line and in an interview with the new CEO of BTL he gave a disturbing response to the reporters question:

Jules Vasquez,
“A lot of people are looking towards BTL in the hopes of mass market liberalization. A lot of people want Skype authorities over night, deblocked overnight. Has the board taken a position on these extremely tricky and tempestuous issues?”

Nestor Vasquez,
“No, not yet. We’ve only had one meeting, we’re having another one today and we have other items that are of greater priority than that. But I’d like to think that what the Prime Minister has said in the House will come true, that the people will be getting better rates and the industry itself, telecommunications will become more accessible to the people. The new technology, the people will have access to that and I believe that we will prove, the new management will prove that no matter whether competition is allowed tomorrow or very soon or sometime down the road, no one will be able to outdo BTL.”

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#349659 - 08/29/09 02:54 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: Glorias]
Katie Valk Offline
Humph, he is not discussing the fact that Ashcroft owns Smart and will start a rates war-which is great for consumers.
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#349670 - 08/29/09 05:18 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: Katie Valk]
Glorias Offline
Originally Posted By: Katie Valk
Humph, he is not discussing the fact that Ashcroft owns Smart and will start a rates war-which is great for consumers.


Hey ! Maybe they will start a VOIP war and quit blocking. I could live with that when I'm visiting San Pedro.

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#350220 - 09/03/09 11:54 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: Glorias]
stormchaser404 Offline
Skype and other VoiP style systems work FINE if you know what you are doing...all you need is a good VPN back to the states...

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#350844 - 09/09/09 09:30 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: stormchaser404]
deadserious Offline
Originally Posted By: stormchaser404
Skype and other VoiP style systems work FINE if you know what you are doing...all you need is a good VPN back to the states...


Until they block your VPN.
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#350845 - 09/09/09 09:34 PM Re: PM nationalizes BTL ....is VOIP on the way ?? [Re: deadserious]
beachbumin Offline
There are plenty of folks on the island that paid large sums to consultants to set up fool proof VPNs that got blocked, especially when using Vonage. Once the blocking occurred the consultant would set up a different VPN, until it got blocked. Hey I thought that was one of the reasons for the nationalization, wonder how that is going?

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