Internet Bandwidth Management


The Internet Bandwidth Management proposed policy was released for comment in June 2006 by the Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI).

The Internet Bandwidth Management document makes these points :

  • that the cost of external Internet bandwidth and the hosting of content outside of Trinidad and Tobago is detrimental to the local economy and is a hurdle to e-commerce and content development and to the success of Government’s Fastforward initiative.
  • that methods should be taken to reduce the usage of external Internet bandwidth. These include
    • the hosting of content locally in Trinidad and Tobago which would
      • act as a catalyst for local content being released under Creative Commons and for the marketing of proprietary content.
      • create a robust foundation for e-Business/e-Commerce.
      • act as a catalyst for use of local content based services such as data warehousing and tele-medicine.
    • employ techniques for efficient utilisation of bandwidth such as compression of content/data and caching servers.
    • local ISPs peering through a national IXP to facilitate local hosting.

In late September 2006, the the Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) published its compilation of comments and the MPAI’s responses to

On November 1st, 2006, the Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) held a workshop to discuss “Internet Bandwidth Management” Strategy with interested stakeholders.

At this workshop, the MPAI presented two broad proposals to address the issue of Internet Bandwidth Management :

  • Development of an Internet eXchange Point (IXP) :
    • how such an IXP be developed and managed
    • the best location for an IXP
  • local hosting of local content :
    • what should be done to promote local content development
    • how should domestic hosting be developed and managed
    • where would such a local hosting facility be located

The MPAI has released a summary of the workshop.