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Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin said Thursday that his coalition government would not support any effort to charge licensing fees to businesses that provide wireless internet access to customers on their premises.
“Truth in Advertising” guidelines for telecom companies, published this week by the Information and Communications Technology Authority, require companies offering phone, internet and other services to be honest when marketing to consumers.
Cayman’s telecom regulator and Internet service providers are in talks to set up local Internet Exchange Points in the islands to reduce the impact of outages on the undersea cables that connect Cayman to the rest of the digital world.
Legal drafters penning an 82-page law to create a unified regulatory office for Cayman’s utility providers did not solicit opinions from the half-dozen affected companies, instead they only consulted their controlling agencies.
New rules issued by Cayman’s telecoms regulator mean that licensed companies will have to report outages or could face fines. Cayman’s phone providers, most notably Cable & Wireless, known as Flow, have recently had a number of high-profile outages.
Cayman Islands lawmakers are set to review and approve an unprecedented number of bills in the Legislative Assembly meeting that begins Tuesday, some of which involve complex, long-standing issues that have been before parliament for more than a decade.
Emergency public bulletins broadcast just before or after a natural disaster, serious public health threat or during a significant man-made disaster would have to be issued by all local broadcast license-holders, according to new legislation seeking to govern Cayman’s disaster management.
Telecommunications operator Flow has identified the cause of Tuesday’s 10-hour “degradation of service” as a “fibre cut” in Miami.
IT overseer Information and Communications Technology Authority said Wednesday it was “fed up” with local telecommunications company FLOW after the group did not notify the regulator of Tuesday’s 10-hour islandwide service outage.
Flow president Michele English spent two days in a whirlwind of meetings with Cayman Islands government ministers and regulators this week.
Cayman’s telecom regulator now has the power to require phone and Internet companies to pay into a fund for universal service to ensure access for people and businesses in the Sister Islands and the eastern districts.
Government could get new powers to control fuel prices and prevent “collusive practices” in the industry under planned new legislation.
New regulatory changes make it illegal for companies and others to disclose when they receive a warrant to intercept telecommunications messages.
Fines for phone, Internet and television providers in Cayman will increase from $25,000 to $500,000 for violating their licenses and telecom rules under new rules passed in a second reading at the Legislative Assembly on Sunday.
Online scammers did their research on the Information and Communications Technology Authority, grabbing public information about the organization’s managing director and chief financial officer in an attempt to get the regulator to wire almost $40,000 to a bank account.
Proposed changes to Cayman’s telecom regulations would significantly increase fines for phone, Internet and television companies from $25,000 to $500,000 for violating rules or requirements in their licenses.
A new scam is making the rounds as a WhatsApp message trying to trick unsuspecting victims into clicking on a link offering free Internet access for smartphone users.
Pound for pound, it could become the busiest public office in the Cayman Islands.
Tuesday’s phone and Internet outage, caused by a lightning strike that affected an underwater cable connecting Cayman to the digital world, has regulators with the Information and Communications Technology Authority worried about the country’s telecom infrastructure.
A lightning strike along one of the submarine cables that connects Cayman’s Internet to the rest of the world knocked out Internet service for many on Grand Cayman Tuesday evening.
Cayman’s electricity and telecoms regulators are preparing for the “imminent” merger of the independent bodies into one Public Utilities Commission.
At least two Internet companies in the Cayman Islands are now preventing customers from streaming movies, television and other content not licensed for broadcasting in the Cayman Islands.