April 19, 2012
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A local civic group believes that URCA’s need to finally hold town meetings this week in Grand Bahama has come 10 years too late, claiming that power rates on the island are at their lowest since 2009.
The Bahamas is “failing to leverage the internet’s full potential to drive entrepreneurship and business innovation”, industry regulators are asserting.
Regulators yesterday moved to create the supervisory framework for Bahamas-based Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in a bid to lower local access costs.
Communications sector revenues dipped below $400m for the first time in five years during 2018, with both fixed-line voice and pay TV subscribers falling year-over-year.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Committee has released its final determination on the implementation of number portability in the Bahamas.
THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has appointed of Vincent Wallace-Whitfield as its general counsel with effect from August 1, 2012.
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.
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.