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Russell Williams   All around the world governments levy a small tax on the revenues of telecommunications companies, which are credited to a “Universal Service Fund”. The purpose of this fund is to finance projects to make telecommunications service available to underserved communities and parts of the country where, for […]

ECTEL Reviews Operation of USF


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Russell Williams   What is Number Portability? Number Portability, refers to the ability to switch telephone service provider while keeping your telephone number with you. This time last year mobile phone subscribers in the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) member states were told that they could look forward to Number […]

Number Portability in ECTEL States Delayed



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Russell Williams On the 1st of October, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took over stewardship of the Internet from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. We were able to discuss the ramifications of this transfer and the wider issue of Internet Governance as it relates to the […]

Caribbean Must Engage in Internet Governance


By Sir Ronald Sanders     (The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the OAS.  He is also Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own.)   The […]

IMF-World Bank meetings: a rare opportunity


  23rd September 2016 Basseterre, St. Kitts   Russell Williams   The St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce continued their series of Sector Specific Round Table discussions and met with the IT Sector. A varied cross section of players including some from among the Chamber’s membership met […]

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Castries, Saint Lucia.  Member States of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority-ECTEL will advance plans to move to number portability later this month. Number Portability (NP) enables telephone users to retain their telephone number when changing from one network operator to another. It is considered to be a key factor in […]

ECTEL Member States moving closer to implementing number portability


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Russell Williams   In September St. Kitts-Nevis UNESCO Secretariat hosted the first OECS Conference on the Ethical Dimensions of Internet Use and Cyber Security. The Conference drew on expertise from International agencies, and data from the US and Europe. What became abundantly clear was the need for the OECS and […]

Parents Must See Social Media Through a Teen’s Lens


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              Russell Williams   While at the recently held conference on The Ethical Use of the Internet hosted by UNESCO in St Kitts & Nevis, we spoke with Mr. Briggs Deloach of the Berkman Centre-Harvard University about the work done at the Centre and […]

Youths Still Seek Adult Guidance When Using Social Media



Hon. Vincent Byron Attorney General and Minister of Communication, Hon. Ian Liburd Minister of Infrastructure and Posts and H.E. Chiou Gow-Wei Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan
    Russell Williams   Government’s of St. Kitts and Nevis and The Republic of China on Taiwan Commit to Re-Open National ICT   The Ocean Terrace Inn, was the venue for the National ICT Centre Renovation Kick-Off event, on Friday morning, 9th October 2015.   The centre which has […]

National ICT Centre to Re-Open


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Russell Williams     The Royal St. Kitts Marriott resort was the venue for the inaugural UNESCO Conference held under the theme, The Ethical Dimension of the Information Society and Internet Privacy, which began Wednesday 23rd  September. The Opening Ceremony received remarks from St. Kitts and Nevis Deputy Prime Minister […]

The First UNESCO OECS Conference on the Ethical Use of ...


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Russell Williams     UNESCO Secretary General for St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Antonio Maynard says plans for next week’s conference On the Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society and Internet Privacy to be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort are going well.   The two day conference is […]

UNESCO OECS Internet Conference Plans Going Well