URCA puts CBL call for CPP regime on ice

6 Nov 2013

Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) has called on sector watchdog the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) to take a ‘proactive approach’ to ‘tariff rebalancing’ by fixed line incumbent and wireless monopoly holder the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) and to introduce a single consistent calling party pays (CPP) pricing regime, the Nassau Guardian reports. CBL made the request as part of a consultation process on URCA’s plans to clarify the information required for operators to change prices and introduce new services in price-regulated markets. URCA agreed that ‘the adoption of a singled consistent CPP pricing regime… would be in line with international best practice and also in the best interest of the Bahamian public.’ However, CBL’s proposals lay outside the regulator’s current consultation and would be addressed ‘in the future’ according to the watchdog. On BTC’s tariff rebalancing, URCA disagreed with CBL, adding: ‘URCA considers that CBL’s proposal is more appropriate with the introduction of price caps and does not believe it is reasonable for URCA to provide guidance in the rules on tariff rebalancing.’

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