TTCS Draft comments on draft policy for (and proposed amendments to) the Telecommunications Act of #Trinidad and #Tobago

On May 6, 2013, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Trinidad and Tobago via the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) posted two documents for public comment. They are the:

The submission of comments was June 3 2013 but this deadline was extended to Tuesday 09 July 2013.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) has posted its draft comments on the draft policy for (and proposed amendments to) the Telecommunications Act, using the comment submission form posted on TATT’s website:

Your comments and feedback are welcomed before any comments are formally submitted to TATT.

 

 

 

 

 

Telecom Authority of #Trinidad and #Tobago posts draft policy for (and proposed amendments to) the Telecommunications Act

On May 6, 2013, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Trinidad and Tobago via the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT ; http://www.tatt.org.tt) have posted two documents for public comment. They are:

The submission of comments must be made on or before Monday 3rd June 2013 (update June 28 2013) extended to July 9 2013.

(Update : June 28, 2013 : TTCS Draft Comments posted)

 

 

 

Proposed Policy to amend the Telecommunications Act of Trinidad and Tobago

According to the Proposed Policy to amend the Telecommunications Act,

The Policy is intended to amend the framework developed for the administration and regulation of the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors as set out in the Telecommunications Act.

The Policy is thus intended to amend market regulatory rules to provide for the continued orderly development of the telecommunications and broadcasting
sector after the liberalisation process begun in earnest in 2005. The policy therefore provides for the strengthening of the Authority’s powers in certain instances to
mitigate against activity which may have a prejudicial impact on the sector and the wider economy.

The policy also seeks to provide for appropriate competition regulation in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors which will effectively close the
regulatory gaps created by the passage of the Fair Trading Act Chap. 81:13. Section 3(g) of the said Act specifically excludes from its ambit, those companies
which fall under the purview of the Telecommunications Act.

The Proposed Policy to amend the Telecommunications further describes

  • the policy objectives,
  • an overview of recent developments in the telecom sector,
  • six key policy policy principles which the proposed act should adhere to, and
  • a summary of the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act

View/Download the Proposed  Policy to amend the Telecommunications Act (PDF ; 432K) (Mirror copy of “Proposed Policy to Amend the Telecommunications Act”)

 

Proposed Telecommunications Amendment Act

This document is the proposed Telecommunication Act as it would look after the amendments were made to the Act. The modifcations or changes to the existing act are in bold.

View/Download the Proposed Telecommunications Amendment Act (PDF ; 897K) (Mirror copy of “Proposed Telecommunications Amendment Act”)

How to submit comments

Persons wanting to submit comments can submit their comments online or via paper using the “Public Consultation Comment Submission Form-Draft Policy and Proposed Amendments to Telecommunications Act” (DOC ; 41K ; Mirror of “Public Consultation Comment Submission Form-Draft Policy and Proposed Amendments to Telecommunications Act”) form.

Submission of comments must be made on or before Monday 3rd June 2013.

Draft ICANN Latin American and Caribbean Regional Strategic Plan 2013-2016 available for comment

Dear All,

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a private sector, non-profit corporation with technical management responsibilities for the Internet’s domain name and address system. It consists on a number of groups representing various interests.
See http://www.icann.org/sites/default/files/assets/ecosystem-2500×1622-21mar13-en.png for an illustrated overview.

A Latin American and Caribbean Steering Committee (LAC Steering Committee) comprised of regional stakeholders in various ICANN groups (https://community.icann.org/x/g4REAg) was created after the ICANN Toronto meeting (http://blog.icann.org/2012/10/latin-america-and-the-caribbean-a-regional-strategy/) to discuss a possible ICANN strategy for the LAC region.

A draft of this Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Strategic Plan is available for review and comment in English (PDF ; 2MB) and in Spanish (PDF ; 2MB).

The Draft LAC Regional Strategic Plan identifies

  • a vision for the LAC Regional Strategic Plan (“What are we looking for as a region”)
  • 4 Key Areas of Interest (KAI) : Political Issues, Capacity Building and Outreach, Operations and Economic Issues
  • Strategic Objectives under each KAI. There are
    – 5 Strategic Objectives under “Political Issues”,
    – 9 Strategic Objectives under “Capacity Building and Outreach”,
    – 4 Strategic Objectives under “Operations”,
    – 6 Strategic Objectives under “Economic Issues”
  • some possible indicators to measure progress (or lack thereof) of projects undertaken to support the Strategic Plan.
  • how these LAC Regional Strategic Objectives align with ICANN’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 

Your comments are welcomed. The LAC Steering Committee will be meeting during the ICANN meeting in Beijing from April 6-11 2013 and collecting such comments for further work on the LAC Strategic Plan. Comments can be sent to [email protected]

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
LAC Steering Committee member,
ALAC (At-Large Advisory Committee) member

TTCS Comments to the 2012 National ICT Consultations (Online)

The TTCS has submitted its official Comments to the National ICT Consultations.

http://files.ttcs.tt/comments/TTCS-comments-for-the-National-ICT-Consultation-Plan-(Online)-2012.pdf

 

We would like to thank all those who contributed.

Attachments:
National ICT Consultation Press Ad
TTCS-comments-for-the-National-ICT-Consultation-Plan-(Online)-2012

Draft TTCS Comments to the National ICT Consultation (2012)

National ICT Consultation

Draft TTCS Comments

Invitation to Comment

Hi All,

Please find included links to the Draft Comments the TTCS proposes to submit to the
(Online)  consultations for the National ICT Plan.

Google Document
PDF Version

Comments are enabled on the Google Document and we encourage feedback from you. Comments on the PDF document can be made through the Membership List or by emailing the Secretary at [email protected] We intend to submit this document after review by Monday, April 30th.

Regards,
Ryan Shripat
Secretary
Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s draft comments on TATT’s “Draft Implementation Plan on Number Portability For The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”

Dear All,

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) has drafted comments
on the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
“Draft Implementation Plan for Number Portability For the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago”
as posted on TATT’s website at
http://www.tatt.org.tt/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=sP4J-z4tYWk%3d&tabid=120

Andre Thompson was the main lead in drafting initial comments posted
last week on the TTCS discussion list
(http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ttcs/message/30793)
and leading the discussion at our May 18th 2011 Pizzalime
(http://post.ly/238oh). The draft TTCS comments can be found at
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uzpifBm45ZwpNg5m61b2ouxiL7NHL_KNUKLpwjqhD…

We will be submitting this to TATT today (May 31 2011) at 2pm, so
please review and comment accordingly.

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh,
Secretary, Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society
http://www.ttcsweb.org/
http://fb.me/ttcsweb
http://twitter.com/ttcs

Telecoms Authority of #Trinidad & #Tobago publishes “Consumer rights and obligations consultation” Policy for comment until July 29 2011

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has published a "Consumer Rights and Obligations Policy" document for public comment from May 25 2011 until July 29 2011. 

The Consumer Rights and Obligations Policy document makes recommendations to protect the interests of persons who subscribe to, or use telecommunications or broadcasting services such as 
Fixed Telephone, Mobile Telephone, Internet Services, International Telecommunications and Subscription television (ie cable or satellite).

From the Policy Objectives of the Consumer Rights and Obligations Policy document:

This Draft Consumer Rights and Obligations Policy makes recommendations to safeguard the interests of citizens in relation to the  telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.  The
Authority has involved a broad cross-section of interested parties in developing a policy that would guide the preparation of regulations, enshrining in law specific rights in the following
areas:

  1. Essential telecommunication services and broadcast services.
  2. Information needed to make informed decisions.
  3. Respect and protection of personal privacy.
  4. Highest possible standard of consumer-related service.
  5. Protection from unfair business practices.
  6. Effective and efficient complaint recognition, handling, and resolution.

The related regulations resulting from the final version of this Policy shall apply to concessionaires (authorised service providers) in the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.
In order to facilitate a market environment where consumer rights are defended while balanced with the needs of service providers, this Draft Policy is based on the following principles:

  • Consumer Empowerment – the concept of the consumer as a proactive, wellinformed agent who makes rational decisions – i.e. decisions which are in his own and by entension, the society‟s best interests.
  • Service Provider Responsibility – the notion of conscientious service by a company that  recognises  the value of upholding consumer rights.
  • Information Symmetry – ensuring that everyone who uses telecommunications and broadcast services have the information they need to make good choices.
  • Public Welfare – maximising the socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders in the sector, while respecting consumers‟ privacy.
  • Market Efficiency – creating regulations which facilitate all stakeholders in adapting to changing market conditions.

TATT will be holding two public consultations on this issue: 
  • on Wednesday May 25 2011 at TATT’s office #5 Eighth Avenue Extension, off Twelfth Street Barataria from 3-6pm
  • on Wednesday June 8 2011 at the Arima Town Hall, Hollis Avenue Arima. from 3-6pm

View / Download:

updated #Trinidad #Tobago Computer Society byelaws for comment until May 23 2011

Dear current and potential Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) members,

 
In an effort to allow the TTCS to take advantage of the opportunities being presented to us more often now,
the Directors of the TTCS have undertaken an exercise to update the TTCS bye-laws. We had the bare minimum before, but in order to get more involved in some of the areas that you, the membership, are suggesting, we need to be more structured.

This process is not meant to change the essential character of the TTCS, but rather to make sure that we can move forward with projects that have been suggested.
The updated bye-laws can be found at
http://files.ttcs.tt/Trinidad-and-Tobago-Computer-Society-Bye-laws.pdf
The main additions and changes to the previous byelaws are:

  • Official definition of membership (and the ability to charge fees, if the executive committee decides to do so)
  • An official Executive Committee – to be nominated and voted into positions by the Membership (we need this in order to have an official Chairman etc to be able to apply for grant funding and to take advantage of other opportunities as they are presented)
  • Official Terms of Office
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Standing Committees

Looking forward to your comments and suggestions over the next two weeks. We will close comment on May 23 2011 and have our first official meeting on May 28 2011, at which these byelaws will be adopted, and the first TTCS Executive will be voted into office.
We hope that you approve of the steps we are taking to move the TTCS to the next level.

Kind Regards,
The Directors of the TTCS,
Anil Ramnanan,
Cintra Sooknanan
Dev Anand Teelucksingh

TATT releases “Draft Implementation Plan for Number Portability in #Trinidad and #Tobago” for comments until May 13 2011

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has released the "Draft Implementation Plan for Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago" for a second round of comments. 

The document has been revised following recommendations and comments received during the first round of consultation around May 2010.

The closing date for comments from stakeholders and interested parties on this revised document is Friday 13th May 2011 at 4pm

View / Download the Draft Implementation Plan for Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago from TATT or from TTCS's mirror copy.

Interim Report by ICANN’s Geographic Regions WG and comments submitted by #ICANN At-Large including Caribbean ALSes

ICANN's Geographic Regions Review Working Group published a Interim Report in December 2010 for public comment at
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/geographic-regions/geo-regions-interim-report-12nov10-en.pdf  (PDF ; 37 page)

This Interim Report is the second of three planned reports by the Geographic Regions WG addresses three specific areas. It offers:

(1) a review of the underlying history, objectives and general principles of ICANN’s Geographic Regions Framework;
(2) it raises a number of fundamental strategic questions for further community consideration; and 
(3) it expands on a number of specific matters identified in the Initial Report that are likely to be addressed in the Final Report.

Cintra Sooknanan drafted a statement on behalf of the Caribbean ALSes and was accepted by the Caribbean ALSes with minor modifications on Friday January 28 2011. The statement by Caribbean ALSes was included in the At Large Advisory Committee's (ALAC) 9 page statement from Pages 6-9 at http://db.tt/UmQ7ydS (PDF ; 156K)