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URCA loses power in radio case

THE attorney general has stripped the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority of the responsibility to continue criminal proceedings against ZSR Sports Radio’s operator for allegedly operating without a licence, it was revealed yesterday.

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URCA calls in police to shut Sports Radio

The broadcaster at the centre of Sebas Bastian’s radio licence controversy yesterday pledged to “attack” its police-enforced shut down, arguing: “The injustice needs to stop.”

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URCA directs $1m fine to relief effort

THE major part of a $1.5m fine levied against Bahamas Telecommunications Company by the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority has been donated towards hurricane relief efforts, the company’s chief executive said yesterday.

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Final stage of bidding for cellular licence begins

AFTER a five-month delay, the final phase of the selection process for the country’s second mobile services provider has begun, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority announced yesterday.

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URCA ‘cannot rely on media reports’ to launch outage probe

THE Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority is awaiting an official report from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company before it can start an official investigation of this weekend’s island-wide network outage.

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Lack of filing of grievances a challenge

THE public’s failure to formally file grievances presents a considerable challenge for broadcasting regulators, according to URCA’s Director of Policy and Regulation Stephen Bereaux.

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URCA dismisses BTC's $1.5M foreign fees loss

Regulators have dismissed the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) argument that forcing it to lower cellular (mobile) call termination rates would cost it $1.5 million a year, arguing that this is essential to fostering “fair competition” at home.

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URCA to host utility regulation conference

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) will host the 10th annual conference of the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR), from November 7-9 next week at the Grand Lucayan Resort .

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Cable 'not ecstatic' over URCA decision's $1.9M revenue loss

CABLE Bahamas is “not ecstatic” that URCA will require another three months post-consultation end to decide whether to approve its application for a 27 per cent SuperBasic increase, as this will cost it another $1.92 million in estimated revenues.

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Cable confirms URCA's Freeport 'no jurisdiction

CABLE Bahamas has confirmed that the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) cannot regulate its services in Freeport, technically enabling it do whatever it wants with pricing and services in the nation’s second city.

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'Can URCA approve Cable's 27% price rise in Freeport?'

Questions were yesterday raised over whether the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) could approve a 27 per cent rise in Cable Bahamas’ SuperBasic price in Freeport, given that a 2011 Supreme Court ruling found the regulator could not levy fees on the company’s Internet earnings in that city.

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URCA to launch Consumer Council

THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) will launch a public consultation on consumer protection and rights regulations later this year, its director of policy and regulation, adding that it also planned to form a Consumer Advisory Council.

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URCA completes initial review in BTC network outage investigation

THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has completed its initial review in its investigation of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) network outage, the communications regulator announced yesterday, stating that it had also requested three years of preventative maintenance records from the company.

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URCA releases final decision on number portability

THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Committee has released its final determination on the implementation of number portability in the Bahamas.

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URCA appoints general counsel

THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has appointed of Vincent Wallace-Whitfield as its general counsel with effect from August 1, 2012.

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Regulator waives separate accounts demand on Cable

Regulators last night agreed to “defer” their demand that Cable Bahamas publish separate accounts for its different business units, agreeing that this was unnecessary because the company did not provide services to rival operators.

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Business goes on 'defensive' over URCA dispute

A GRAND Bahama businessman said yesterday that he was going on the "defensive", after the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) issued an order prohbiting the use of his assigned radio spectrum. He told Tribune Business he would wait for the communications regulator to take him to court.

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