BTL takes legal action against PUC

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 49            December 13, 2001

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"Now we can talk" is the new Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) slogan, but with their recent court action against the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) it would appear that Belizean citizens may need to wait to express the "value of their voice".

    According to the PUC, scheduled hearings for the general public to offer their complaints regarding the Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) December 1st rate increases, were postponed due to court action initiated against them last Friday.

    A representative at the PUC declined to comment on the situation Tuesday due to this legal action but promised to inform the public of future dates for the hearings. Upon contacting BTL, it was learned that the Public Relations Department could not comment due to their manager being "out of country."

    BTL's Attorney Lois Barrow-Young kindly informed this newspaper that the reason court action was filed was due to "the PUC proceeding on the basis of a procedural impropriety and that the tribunal is biased." She further explained that, "One member and the chairman appeared on a talk show and expressed extremely biased views against BTL."

    Until this case is decided, anyone wishing to file complaints regarding the BTL rate increase may submit their protests by e-mail at puc@btl.net or by faxing 02-71149.



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