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…”