Notwithstanding its oversight of telecoms providers in the BVI, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) might not be getting involved in the ongoing dispute between the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVI) and BVI Cable TV.
CEO of the TRC, Guy Malone gave that indication to BVI News following BVI Cable TV’s announcement that it was open to seeking for the Commission to intervene.
As BVI Cable TV accuses the electricity company of charging them higher rates to use BVIEC utility poles than other companies, Malone has made it clear that the commission does not have authority to regulate BVIEC.
“Seeing that BVIEC has taken CCT (the operators of BVI Cable TV) to court because they have [allegedly] breached certain protocols, the Commission can only hope that there is a resolution within the court that is in the best interest of time of the consumers,” said Malone while also acknowledging the BVIEC’s counterclaims to the media that BVI Cable TV has been using their utility poles without permission.
“It’s almost two years after the hurricane and the Commission is concerned that BVI Cable TV had a service for cable tv and from then to now there wasn’t a service and our concern is to ensure that the local company builds out and provides that. But in saying so, they have to do things under whatever regulation is in place whether it by the commission of whether it be by BVIEC,” Malone added.
Meanwhile, Minister of Utilities Kye Rymer said he also hopes the dispute, which is still before the court, ends with both parties coming to a mutually beneficial agreement.
He described the entire situation as “unfortunate”.
“They (BVI Cable TV) are requesting a meeting with the Premier and I guess from what happens in there then I guess we can get a better understanding as of a way forward with this dispute, noting that it is in court, I would say less with pending the outcome of the court’s decision.”
Pending the conclusion of the dispute, the court has issued an injunction, barring BVI Cable TV from placing any attachments on BVIEC’s poles.
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