Basic telecommunications services for remote areas – George


Persons who have been deprived of basic telecommunications services because they live in remote areas of the island may soon have these services at their fingertips.

Telecommunications Minister Ambrose George has said his ministry is considering the implementation of a Universal Service Fund which will support the installation of these services in remote areas.

George was speaking at a function held as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of ECTEL yesterday.

He said the project is as “aimed at extending basic telecommunication services to remote areas and for the benefit of special and marginalised groups in our country. We’ll be hearing much more about service fund program within the next few weeks.”

The minister also mentioned an upcoming national consultation and discussions on a new draft electronics communication bill.

According to the minister, the bill is expected to help structure the roles and functions of ECTEL, the NTRC and other relevant governmental agencies in response to the challenges of communication conversion.

“I invite you to fully participate in these activities when they are implemented in Dominica,” he stated.

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  1. marzhie alone
    November 18, 2010


  2. ali03
    November 18, 2010

    i hope dat tru dem man always lie

  3. mouth of the south
    November 18, 2010

    @just facts: people like bois bois below u will never understand,,,,,its very easy to attend a meeting write up a page cuz u know of some things that on the backburner,,,,,speak about it to look organised n b4 ur session is over,,,,u forget about wat is said,,,,simply cuz it wasn’t an issue to u,,,,,n that is what our representatives have become over the years,,,,talk talk talk n more talk,,,,,so everything they say or promise gotta b taken with a grain of salt,,,,how should i believe such when he hasn’t expounded upon how it is gonna b done,,,who’s involved etc,,,,,,,,but bois bois want me to accept jus like dat,,,,,,,the amount of talk d.a have had,,,if these were implemented then d.a would a developed nation,,,i’m jus saying!!!

  4. just facts
    November 17, 2010

    @mouth of the south: I think you have a point there you know. the minister should have listed those areas that are going to be serviced and what it is going to cost the state to bring the services( whatever that constitutes) to those remote areas. I mean who going to do the work? Marpin, SAT? Lime? Tenders? Contracts? NTRC? Did he expound on those?

  5. Chief
    November 17, 2010

    That means I should be able to get wireless internet access in Fond Caco now. lol…….good.

  6. Bois Bois
    November 17, 2010

    @mouth of the south: Why don’t you just do the decent thing and compliment the Goivernment when they do something positive? Are you going to spend your whole life just being a negative critic? i feel sorry for people like you who live on the radio just hopeing things fail in DA.You all just continue to be miserale humans living a very unfulfilling life

  7. Reasoning
    November 17, 2010

    @ LOL.

    Why would you think that there would be no complains to improve telecomunications in remote areas where one can contact imergency services but the emergency service can not get to the remote places because of, not just poor roads, but dangerous roads. Its niice to Prioritize, that way we will see less negative remarks…not that negative remarks are bad as you seem to suggest. Why have night landing with no emergency service at the Marigot hospital for example. Night landing is itself dangerous but night landing at the Melville Hall Airport could be catastrophic. An emergency situation will show up soon, God forbid, then we will try analysing the importance of an emergency medical service at the Marigot hospital and forget about whose constituency it benifits.

    And this is not about who we support but whats good for the country because politically we would have to wait to see the alternatives before we think about voting and the alternatives would have to be better prepared.

  8. Charles
    November 17, 2010

    Your Story inspired me to think that one day. I might meet someone who will put the sunshine back in my life. I’M not holding my breath. But with your dodgy past, scary!!

  9. lol
    November 17, 2010

    OH MY! How dare them bring telecommunications services to remote areas of the island!!!! ..And there I thought that there was no way this was going to get any negative reviews…. OH WELL! There will always be complainers huh!

    Good Job!

  10. Respect
    November 17, 2010

    We never development when it is happening. we only question the things that are being done when they are being done. But guess what 1+1+1 will always equal 3 so the little things do count. If it wasn’t for these kinds of initiatives the real poor would still be suffering. LIME. SAT, or Marpin will not expand their network coverage areas to places that are not profitable to them so Government have to do to provide equal opportunity to telecoms for all. We can jump and scream and say that is not development but guess what…we how comment here are not the poor ones who have been deprived of these opportunities for years. Good move Mr. George, continue to fight the good fight that others deem insignificant…is time we start looking out for the poorer communities.

  11. oh
    November 17, 2010

    there is a telecommunications minister

  12. real labourite from roseau south
    November 17, 2010

    i am saying that so they will not htink is a workers that talking there , them man need to put their act in order is only one set to benefit, the house in fond baron fixing though with concrete roof ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , hold it eh , ha mr. george they rling on the lexus now because their house fixing . is only one set man is so it is but i know the next election man will cry for votes eh trust me . we want housing assistance, proper roads , health care . to see our ministers more often, tell the ministers dem stop giving ppl 6for 9 if u cannot do a ting doh keep telling ppl to come bck, n back , n back . amen , that cannot be our next level , come on mr. george start fixing houses n you go get more respect

  13. real labourite from roseau south
    November 17, 2010

    @ take that , lets meet nah for me to shake your big toe , trust me real talk , so what mr. george trying to say is that some places in da lacking telecommunications . my broda the country so global and digital now i think by now everyone has an idea of what is telecommunications. Right now Mr. George people not looking for telecoms people looking for housing assistance , proper roads, proper health care n all that search into the constituency , help ur constituents instead of trying to take telecoms to the next level , some of ur voters are expressing serious concern , u forget about us , and ur successor up kingshill is a rip off and if you wish u can neglect this statement but it is a fact he is a 6 for 9, all projects is he dat have it why cant some one else get bread too uh. before he finishh do a project the bags of cement stacking up at his house n he making another call for more cement . but i want to see if he will put another floor , oh maybe he’ll put one for the daughter in china , hey hey , but really and truly mr. george people not looking for that , i wish u would read the comments now,

    November 17, 2010

    @mouth of the south, yeh he well quiet them times but he better do something because it look like Roseau South people love the bandit side of him so if he trying to play acolite he might loose that seat eh.

    all them communication talk is just smoke screen, who tell them those people want to communicate with technology them people have their ways. There are other more pressing things like propper healthcare and a safe road network that we need to be worrying about

  15. looking in from the outside
    November 17, 2010

    Yes sir….more talk.
    Next time you’ll come out and say the very same thing.

    Pure talk.

    I wonder which areas he’s referring to. Does anyone know?

  16. mouth of the south
    November 17, 2010

    yeah yeah n wat again,,,,,,it still have communities in d/ca that have limited communication,,,,ok i never knew,,,,but i wonder if them guys serious or they just writing a fast page to look organised,,,,,i find mr george quiet dem times dere eh,,,,i not hearing from or about him at all,,,,well i hope he learn his lesson

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