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Premier: No government support for new WiFi licensing/fees

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.

Telecom ‘Truth in Advertising’ rules require honesty

“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.

Regulator calls for local Internet exchange

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.

Utilities law written without advice of utility companies

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.

Telecoms will have to report outages or face fines

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.

Lawmakers: Mass of bills to change ‘lives of generations’

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.

Bill allows government to commandeer airwaves during disasters

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.

Flow: Fiber cut in Miami led to day-long ‘degradation of service’

Telecommunications operator Flow has identified the cause of Tuesday’s 10-hour “degradation of service” as a “fibre cut” in Miami.

ICTA criticizes FLOW’s communication in outage

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 makes the rounds to resolve ICTA issues

Flow president Michele English spent two days in a whirlwind of meetings with Cayman Islands government ministers and regulators this week.

Telecom regulator can require universal service

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.

Regulators could gain power to set fuel prices

Government could get new powers to control fuel prices and prevent “collusive practices” in the industry under planned new legislation.

New surveillance rules make it illegal to disclose warrants

New regulatory changes make it illegal for companies and others to disclose when they receive a warrant to intercept telecommunications messages.

Steep new fines for telecoms approved

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.

Hackers try, and fail, to scam ICTA

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.

Regulator wants stiff fines for telecoms

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.

Hackers using WhatsApp message to target victims

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.

EDITORIAL – The utility of Cayman’s new utilities commission

Pound for pound, it could become the busiest public office in the Cayman Islands.

Phone and Internet outage worries telecoms regulator

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.

Lightning knocks out Internet

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.

Utilities regulators merger expected imminently

Cayman’s electricity and telecoms regulators are preparing for the “imminent” merger of the independent bodies into one Public Utilities Commission.

Internet companies blocking pirated content

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.

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