Revamped spectrum rules coming to the Eastern Caribbean

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), the supra-national regulator for a number of Eastern Caribbean countries, is considering further revisions to its spectrum management plan (“SMP”). The ECTEL SMP divides the radio frequency spectrum of the ECTEL Member States into several frequency bands and designates the general purposes for which each radio frequency band can …

Tracking Net Neutrality: What have Caribbean Governments been up to?

A number of regulators throughout the Caribbean have taken steps in respect of Net Neutrality. Between 2010 and the present, this has included decisions, position papers and public consultations. Many regional governments support the notion but this position is not universal.

ITU publishes guidelines on national emergency telecommunications plans

In the midst of a global pandemic and a number of recent natural disasters affecting the region, an interesting conversation point has arisen in ICT and telecommunications spaces: how to best utilise telecoms infrastructure to assist in managing inevitable national disasters. The International Telecommunications Union has recently published guidelines for national emergency telecommunications plans (NETPS). …

Enforcement powers clarified under updates to Barbados Telecommunications Act

Enforcement powers under Barbados’ Telecommunications Act are now more expansive and clear-cut following recent amendments. The newly passed Telecommunications (Amendment) Act, 2018-10 expressly extends the circumstances in which various enforcement-related activities such as injunctions, search and seizure orders and the issue of warrants may occur. Prior to the amendment, invocation of enforcement powers was almost exclusively grounded …

Charles Leacock Q.C. – Internet Law in Barbados

This is a video recording of a presentation by Charles Leacock, Q.C. on the state of internet laws in Barbados. The presentation was given at the inaugural Barbados Internet Governance Forum and does an excellent job of outlining the existing digital law legislative framework at play in Barbados. The presentation touches on the: Telecommunications Act; …

Notes on the Fair Trading Commission v Digicel Jamaica decision

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the “Board”) recently rendered a high profile decision in Fair Trading Commission v Digicel (mirror) where it confirmed the far reaching power of the Fair Trading Commission to intervene in proposed mergers of telecommunications providers. The decision will likely give telecommunications providers further cause for pause in future bids to …

CANTO Code of Practice and Net Neutrality in the Caribbean

A voluntary code titled: Voluntary Code on Safeguarding the Open Internet” (”the Code”) was publicly unveiled at the recently held Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (“CANTO”) meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Code’s stated objective indicates that: “The Code is in response to concerns brought forward by operators about consumer rights in accessing …

ECTEL proposes net neutrality language in draft regulations to complement revised Electronic Communications bill

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) is the regional, multi-state telecoms regulator for the Eastern Caribbean.  Recently, ECTEL put forward a slew of recommendations on various regulatory instruments to be enacted in the Eastern Caribbean. The regulations would go hand-in-hand with the proposed revisions to the Electronic Communications bill. The proposed regulations cover: infrastructure sharing; …