Cable Bahamas and System Resource Group (which trades under the Indigo brand) have requested an extension from the government to submit responses to two sets of provisions to the proposed telecoms framework that will be implemented on the sale of a 51% stake of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). The government, through the BTC Privatisation Committee, published the documents in question – which relate to universal service provision (USO) and licensing – on 19 March this year. Under the USO proposal, BTC would be mandated to provide telecoms services, which include telephony and at least dial-up internet services, to all communities with more than ten households. Cable Bahamas, meanwhile, would be mandated to provide universal television services. Other proposed changes include the creation of the country’s first competition regulator – the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).
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