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:
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
The Draft Broadcast Code contains rules for regulating the content of programmes and material transmitted by radio and TV broadcasters (specifically the free-to-air radio, free-to-air TV and the basic (or general audience) package of subscription TV broadcasters.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has been invited by the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) to a consultation on the .tt country code Top Level Domain policy this Wednesday. From the text of the invitation :
“The .tt ccTLD is the country code top level domain for Trinidad and Tobago. A country code top level domain is an Internet top-level domain, generally used or reserved for a country or a dependent territory. ccTLD identifiers are two letters long, and currently all two-letter top-level domains are ccTLDs. Creation and delegation of ccTLDs is performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and generally corresponds to the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes maintained by the United Nations.
In some countries they are very popular (.de is the most popular, second only to .com in number of registrations), less so in others. Some countries use the ccTLD as a revenue generator (.tv) while others use it as a national resource and for country branding (.uk, .au). In general, .tt is little known either inside or outside the country, and there has been little interest among most of the local Internet stakeholders in its use or policies.
The Trinidad and Tobago government has been working on a process to develop a plan for local policy development for the Trinidad and Tobago ccTLD – .tt. It has been run for many years by the ttNIC (a local company), but the time has come to have a national consensus multi-stakeholder policy for the local management of this Internet resource, and an inclusive and transparent consultative process to get there.
The key objective of this consultation is to get the views of Internet stakeholders on the major policy issues that inform the management of the .tt ccTLD. Other objectives of this consultation include:
To present models for ccTLD management
To discuss guidelines and best practices for ccTLD management
To discuss potential for re-delegation of the .tt ccTLD from the current administrator (TTNIC)
To identify prioritised actions, processes and indicative schedules for developing the .tt ccTLD as a national resource”
The Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) has advertised in the daily newspapers for positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre (TTNRC).
What is the TTNRC? From the ad :
“The Trinidad & Tobago Network Registry Centre (TTNRC) is being established with primary responsibility for the administration of the Trinidad & Tobago Country Code Top Level Domain (.tt CCTLD) Registry. The TTNRC’s funclions include the development, operation and maintenance of a National Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, including related technologies, policies and best practices, facilitating the expansion of online communication and information exchange and ultimately creating new channels for commerce. The TTNRC will be a functional department of the National ICT Centre within the Ministry of Public Administration.
The ad then lists three positions available (links take you to the Trinidad and Tobago Government Human Resource website) :
To develop a vibrant and sustainable e-Business industry that will contribute to the transformation of Trinidad and Tobago’s economic paradigm towards one that has a significant knowledge base, through:
Strengthening the Nation’s infrastructure;
Clarifying market place rules;
Developing the Nation’s human resources; and
Developing the Nation’s R&D and Innovation Capacity.
The objectives :
This policy paper intends to identify actions that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) will need to take in collaboration with the private sector and academia, in order to create an economic, infrastructural and human resource environment in which e-Business opportunities are relatively easy to take advantage of by businesses and individuals. In this regard, the proposals herein are structured to minimize the direct intervention of Government in taking these proposals forward; this is to encourage increased competitiveness of the ICT sector in Trinidad and Tobago.
The document also gives a glimpse of planned government policies :
Fastforward II Trinidad and Tobago’s National ICT Plan, 2008–2013
Government of Trinidad and Tobago e-Legislative agenda
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcsweb.org/) will be having a meeting on Saturday 28th June 2008 at Engineering Consultants at 112A Edward Street, Port of Spain (corner of Oxford and Edward Streets) from 2PM (Doors open from 1PM).
The topic of the meeting will be IPv6 – What is it? Why do we need it? How do we use it?
At this meeting, we will be having a presentation from Mr Andre Thompson who attended a recent ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) meeting. See our http://www.ttcsweb.org/ipv6 page for more information on IPv6.
The Authority has prepared, and made available for public comment, a document titled Refarming Plan for Broadband Wireless Access Services in the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz Bands.
The Plan was produced as a result of an investigation into the availability of spectrum for new spectrum users in the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands for the provision of BWA services. In addition, the plan assesses the current uses of these bands by existing spectrum users with the intention of aligning the current uses to the goal and objectives of the Spectrum Plan.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on this document to the Authority, on or before Friday 9th May 2008