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Examining fines for telecoms

Independent MLA Ezzard Miller says government plans to move forward with his Private Member’s Motion from last year to hold telecom companies accountable for not delivering on their end of customer contracts.

He says the law needs teeth but calls the up to $500,000 fine in the draft bill a bit draconian. “Although it says up to $500,000, what people see is the $500,000 figure. And it means that nobody will ever be prosecuted. This thing is going to have to go through the courts, and we know how clogged up the court system is. So, I would prefer to see them introduce smaller fines, where they’re administrative fines that both the board or the chief executive at the ICTA can implement and collect.,” he said.

Mr. Miller says he plans to introduce amendments to the draft telecom bill to restructure the proposed fine schedule.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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