Barbados’ Fair Trading Commission (FTC) will soon have its regulatory powers widened in order to regulate the competitive aspects of all telecommunications services operated in the country including wireless/mobile services, via a pending amendment to the existing law which restricts the FTC’s telecoms jurisdiction to the wireline sector, writes Barbados Today. Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss imparted this information to the House of Assembly during the second reading of the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill, 2014. Inniss elaborated: ‘The FTC is still tasked with regulating the services of landlines, which was the fundamental service provided by Cable & Wireless. All the other services are not yet under the purview of the FTC. At this time, the FTC can only regulate matters that relate to the fixed line services, international services – international telephone calls using their platform, the interconnectivity issues that exist between Cable & Wireless and others, and tariffs relating to [fixed line] resale … legislation, which has been in the works for many years, has passed Cabinet and is now with the various stakeholders and the Chief Parliamentary Counsel as well as the FTC and the Ministry of Commerce and three other bodies.’
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