By Davion Smith, BVI News Journalist
Communications Minister Mark Vanterpool is threatening to invite outside Internet providers to do business in the territory if the telecommunications companies in the local market do not improve their service.
“We are going to give them an ultimatum and if they don’t [comply], we will look at reviewing the regulations to allow other providers to come and do it,” Vanterpool told BVI News yesterday.
The minister declined to give specifics when asked to divulge details of the ultimatum.
Vanterpool, however, said he and other residents have run out of patience.
“I have been in the Ministry for six years now and I’ve been begging them to provide better services. They haven’t come up to the mark yet so we going to have to do something very urgently about it,” he said.
Vanterpool made the statement while pointing to the UK-sanctioned report labelling the BVI as having one of the worst and most expensive internet services on the planet.
The minister said government is humilated by the report.
“We were rated recently as almost last in the world in terms of internet. We are very embarrassed about that,” said Vanterpool while announcing that he will be meeting with the locally-based internet providers soon.
The main providers are Flow, Digicel, and CCT. Vanterpool said BVI Cable TV is also licenced to provide internet services to te territory.
“We have a telecommunications regulation that allows for four providers. If the four providers don’t do the job, we would have to look and revise our telecommunications regulations and allow others to come in and provide it,” Vaterpool further explained.
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