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Cable issue high on list for MC&W & CTU

Minister for Communications & Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool speaking at the press conference yesterday, Septemeber 28, 2012 held at the Central Administrative Complex. Photo: VINO
Secretary General of the CTU, Ms Bernadette Lewis said there was a need for creativity and innovation in order to reap benefits of the Telecommunications Sector. Photo:VINO
Secretary General of the CTU, Ms Bernadette Lewis said there was a need for creativity and innovation in order to reap benefits of the Telecommunications Sector. Photo:VINO
CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Guy Lester Malone. Photo:VINO
CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Guy Lester Malone. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The issue of proper programming on cable television is high on the agenda for the Ministry of Communications and Works (MC&W), who has turned to the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) for help in resolving the matter.

This was disclosed at a joint press conference yesterday, September 28, 2012 involving the MC&W, CTU and and Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the Virgin Islands (VI) during which upcoming and ongoing developments in the telecommunications arena were discussed.

Minister for Communications & Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool revealed that given the continuing consumer dissatisfaction about cable transmission content, he has held discussions with CTU Secretary General, Ms Bernadette Lewis, in helping to resolve the programming issue.

There have been many complaints about the sort of programming that the Virgin Islands are currently serviced by BVI Cable Television Ltd.

In addition to this, Hon. Vanterpool noted that CTU would also be assisting the VI in the development of a National Information Communication and Technology Policy. He also indicated that explorations were being made in examining various forms of renewable energy for the Territory.

Hon. Vanterpool also reiterated that another key focus of the Ministry in the sector was internet security, assuring that steps continued to be made in enhancing this level through various initiatives taken by the Ministry.

In reference to the visibility of  the VI in the industry, Hon. Vanterpool said “despite our size, we are no less eligible and there is no less possibility that we can be on the cutting edge and leading edge of technology in development” throughout the Caribbean and around the world.

CEO of the TRC, Mr Guy Lester Malone, explained that the DNS root server that is currently in the Territory will provide benefits such as national infrastructure protection, improved performance, greater resilience, emergency response and research optimisation once installed. He revealed that an announcement will follow shortly as the TRC is working towards installing the root server, a feat which will see the VI as one of the first Overseas Territories that would have completed such an initiative.

Ms Lewis in her remarks said that “more and more, our governments are recognising that the traditional endeavours will not serve them in this 21st Century… as a result, they are now looking towards Information Communication Technology (ICT) for building global capacity.” The CTU, she noted, is playing an instrumental role in assisting governments to make efficient and beneficial use of these technologies.

She expressed that there was a need for creativity and innovation in reaping the benefits of these technologies noting that there was a “fundamental lack of understanding and appreciation of how the technological tools that are available can be effectively employed to transform every sphere of endeavour.”

The Caribbean ICT Roadshow Initiative, which she explained serves as a catalyst to making many of these transformations possible, was a step taken by the CTU to assist with creating awareness to this end.

12 Responses to “Cable issue high on list for MC&W & CTU”

  • steel pulse (29/09/2012, 10:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "wild goose chase"
  • question (29/09/2012, 11:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is wrong with the channels that we are seeing now??Fraser done fi this long time
    • GoonSquad (29/09/2012, 16:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fix what? and every other channel is spanish...How many NBA semi-finals and finals did we see last season? You mean those persons with dish...struppsss....
  • Forward Ever (29/09/2012, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The same channels Fraser left in November are there and doing the job. People were complaining bout NBA finals, I'm sure they got them last time around. And for all of you Obama fans, thank Fraser for fighting for MSNBC Channel 20. Tell Fox eat their heart out, we got MSNBC. Go Rachael.
    • x factor (30/09/2012, 07:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      some of you cowbirds can never be pleased so just scatter from here
  • Guest (29/09/2012, 22:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To Forward Ever I would rather have the USA channel back than MSNBC...
    • Confucius (02/10/2012, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I second, third and fourth that. I also want the Discovery Channel back!

      And while we are in the complaining mode, who do we have to plead with to tell the stations or networks or whomever is responsible to stop messing with the volume controls during commercials. I set my TV to a certain volume and that means that's the volume I wish to listen to. I am really fed up with having commercials (in Spanish no less) blasting me out of my chair!

      Who the heck do they think they are turning up the volume on MY, I repeat "MY" television?
  • THINK! (30/09/2012, 00:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The programming is much worse on the channels we have than before. One minute you are listening to an English speaking program and the next it is Spanish and lately Portuguese for a wider South American market. What happen to Judge Judy? We pay high rates for what we can not understand. Not even English subtitles.
  • davoice (30/09/2012, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i was of the opinion that english was our first language, when i go santa domingo i did not hear one english speaking channel on in the hotel. so why we have to acept this hear. no one is to have virgin island passport and cant speak english. all mark can do on this issue is talk. if he try n change this it his ppl he be hurting.
  • in the news (30/09/2012, 10:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Lewis is hot at her age!!
  • for the kids (01/10/2012, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need some decent channels for our kids to watch...they deserve a chance to destress with age fitting programs.

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