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Honourable Rymer pledges support to Telecoms Sector

From left: Mr Vance M. Lewis, Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Board; Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5), Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works; Mr Guy L. Malone, Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission; Mr Vincent Wattley, Deputy Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Board. Photo: GIS/Franklyn Skerritt
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) is a statutory body responsible for regulating the telecommunications sector of the [British] Virgin Islands. Photo: TRC
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) is a statutory body responsible for regulating the telecommunications sector of the [British] Virgin Islands. Photo: TRC
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5), has pledged his support as Minister to the continued improvement of the Telecommunications sector in the Virgin Islands.

Honourable Rymer was addressing celebrations to observe World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2022, at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park last week.

The Minister extended congratulations to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) and added that although the day is observed on May 17, the event was held after the date in a sub-theme, “Bridging The Generational Divide” and was an effort to bring awareness to the purpose of the TRC.

'Ensuring fair competition' among tasks of TRC- Hon Rymer

According to a press release from Government Information Services (GIS) on June 22, 2022, Honourable Rymer said, “The commission is responsible for promoting the development of Telecommunications throughout the Virgin Islands. It is governed by the Telecommunications Act, 2006 which was adopted in June 2006 and published in October 2006. It advises on telecommunications policies internationally and regionally and protects the interests of users of telecommunication services.”

The Minister said the TRC also establishes and monitors the implementation of national telecommunications standards and ensures compliance. He said responsibility for the regulation of licensees and authorisation holders also rests with the commission.

Honourable Rymer added, “Ensuring fair competition among licensees and all other operators of telecommunication networks or providers of telecommunications services also falls within its purview. The TRC, where appropriate, investigates complaints by users of their failure to obtain compensation from public suppliers or other licensees in respect of rates, billings and services provided, and facilitates relief where necessary.”

'We aim to be a top-class' body- Guy L. Malone

Chief Executive Officer of the TRC, Mr Guy L. Malone stated that the team at the commission is working in an ever-growing and ever-changing industry, filled with unique issues and setbacks.

“We aim to be a top-class, innovative, regulatory body at the commission by flawlessly accepting those setbacks and facing them head-on,” Mr Malone said.

He added that the commission joins with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in its international 53rd celebration under the theme “Digital Technologies for Older Persons and Healthy Aging” and its sub-theme, “Bridging the Digital Divide.”

'Constant evolution'

Meanwhile, Chairman of the TRC Mr Vance M. Lewis spoke of the importance of the internet for information, adding that digital technology has also changed lives in ways that hitherto would be unimaginable.

“As the regulator for communications in the British Virgin Islands, the TRC continues to celebrate this constant evolution, with increasing awareness of the vital role that communication plays,” Mr Lewis added.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) is a statutory body responsible for regulating the telecommunications sector of the [British] Virgin Islands.

6 Responses to “Honourable Rymer pledges support to Telecoms Sector”

  • Insight (23/06/2022, 12:29) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    TRC in my view and alot of people share the same sentiments as well that ,that entity is dormant and on idle mode -waste of taxpayers money . TRC should revert back to Public works Ministry.
    Take out Mr Lewis from Ports as lots of conflict of interest at pier park alleged. Ports need a whole new Team. Mr Lewis dont know a thing about shipping etc. However he can head TRC as he has knowledge in how to run a communication entity. Square pegs in Round whole as always
  • Digicel + Fibre (23/06/2022, 12:45) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Anyone that has internet issues please apply to Digicel fibre optic. I have had those other guys for years and its only now that I switched that I realize that they were robbing my speeds and money !!! Please switch if you want a beter internet experience .
  • VG Resident (23/06/2022, 13:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    For 1 year now I have asked 2 of the providers to provide fiber optic service to my villa. So far no one has even responded to my request. I have asked several times to have this done, so they are well aware of my request, Nothing ever happens. I can't believe how bad communications are in the BVI, total disrespect of a consumer.
  • John doe (23/06/2022, 15:09) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guy is a waste he needs to go plus Vance is fast asleep
  • change (24/06/2022, 06:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    To support the Telecoms sector, make some serious changes in the interest of the people. Standing and taking pictures with the problem is not support Hon Kye!
  • Fixed prices (24/06/2022, 07:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Someone please explain how CCT can compete with the big boys ,why the other two don’t briefly drop their rates put CCT out of business take their customers and then raise rates again. There can be only one answer all three companies are colluding keeping rates high for everyone and the TRC is a SHAM!

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