Dominicans urged to recognize benefits of internet

Nesty said the internet has potential
Nesty said the internet has potential

Executive Director of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), Craig Nesty called on Dominicans to recognize the benefits of the internet since, he said, it has great potential.

He made that statement while addressing the commissioning of free Wireless Broadband at the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday.

“We are talking about potential for internet connectivity, potential to bring more Dominicans online, potential for us to fully participate in an internet-based economy,” he said.

According to him, one of the ‘critical cogs’ that focus needs to be placed on is content creation.

“We as Dominicans we have been too long being a download society,” he noted. “We need to become an upload society and unless we craft a way to fully move towards being content creators and content providers and uploading content to the internet, we will miss the true benefit that the internet is proposing to offer us in this small island developing state.”

Meantime; Chairman of the NTRC Curtis Winston said the organization working on setting up broadband service in various communities around the island.

He said several communities have already benefited from that initiative.

“We are considering on the Waitikubuli Trail to be able provide some sort of service but that is not there yet,” he stated. “We have provided broadband service to Belles, Concord and Sineku and without that some of the people in Belles will not even be able to listen to a high fidelity radio because they get a much better signal from their broadband than they do from over the air.”

Winston revealed that the organization has also delivered computers to Kingshill, Bath Estate, St Joseph, Kalinago Territory, La Plaine and various youth centres around Dominica.”

He said the NTRC has also completed a mobile application at the Dominica State College (DSC) and has also established an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), “that will allow you to be able to go to the internet and the most frequent services that you use, hosted right here in Dominica and not overseas…”

Curtis Winston is Chairman of the NTRC
Curtis Winston is Chairman of the NTRC

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9 Comments

  1. anonymous
    October 29, 2015

    Good idea.

    Dominica should start its own discount fibre ISP.

  2. Francisco Telemaque
    October 29, 2015

    “We are talking about potential for internet connectivity, potential to bring more Dominicans online, potential for us to fully participate in an internet-based economy,” he said.

    More garbage talk, what connectivity potential it brings to Dominica? That system is more than thirty years old, it was invented right here in a University not too far from my house; its only now you all discovered it? People in Dominica are so damn poor how many Dominicans can go out and buy a computer at the ridiculous price they are sold at home!

    You are so stupid; fully participate in what internet-based economy you are talking about? Guy shut up, and stop talking rubbish! Every time someone of you get your first fifteen minuets of fame on DNO or some other media, you talk the same rubbish like a chicken, that lay its first egg!

    • derp
      October 29, 2015

      exactly and that dialup,, slow, and expensive internet rates and speeds they scamming people with

    • jamesd
      October 29, 2015

      You’re kidding me right? I have my job and carreer today thanks to the internet. The internet is one of the greatest avenues that anybody can use to promote themselves and connect to the outside world. Thanks to the internet you’re able to sit comfortably in your home and bash someone for trying to raise awareness about something that some people just might not be aware of. Remember just because you know something doesn’t mean everyone else does.

      • derp
        October 30, 2015

        I’m bashing the telecommunication providers in Dominica for deliberately ripping of customers… there is no need for SLOW internet at all, it all comes down to GREED

  3. watchdog
    October 29, 2015

    But what does Nesty and Winston do nuh when it does not have an opening or similar function???

  4. Titiwi
    October 29, 2015

    I don’t think many Dominicans need to be persuaded to recognise the benefits of the internet. Just make it more accessible, cheaper and faster.

    • Poverty
      October 30, 2015

      Isn’t that the whole point of providing free internet in the Botanical Gardens. Doesn’t this makes it more accessible?

      • Tjebe Fort
        October 31, 2015

        How many people live in the botanical gardens?

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