ECTEL promotes EC Bill

The new regulations address issues such as consumer protection and retail pricing.

The legal and regulatory team of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), will continue a series of roadshows in member states this week.

The road shows are designed to further elaborate on the new suite of legislation that has been developed by ECTEL.

This week, ECTEL will host roadshows to promote the Electronic Communications (EC) Bill in member states, with one such event in Saint Kitts and Nevis on Friday, March 17 and Saturday March 18.

ECTEL’s legal and regulatory team will meet with Cabinet ministers and legislators, service providers and civil society organizations—including consumer groups and private sector agencies, to familiarize them with the new draft EC Bill and accompanying regulations.

The new regulations address issues such as access to cable landing stations, consumer protection, retail pricing, wholesale access, and guidelines on market access and the assessment of significant market power.

The roadshow will provide opportunities for the ECTEL team to elaborate on the details of the main provisions of the Bill and accompanying regulations, and for the regulator to understand the key elements and concerns from stakeholders and service providers.

The ECTEL team comprises Managing Director Embert Charles, Director of Economics and Finance Cheryl Hector, and General Counsel Deborah Bowers. Similar sessions have already been held in Grenada.

The team will hold its next road show in Saint Lucia, followed by one in Dominica.

The Electronic Communications (EC) Bill and accompanying regulations for the management of the electronic communications sector will replace the Telecommunications Act when promulgated.

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