CWC To Invest US$400m In Broadband Expansion

Is this a scheme to butter up the policy makers? 

Published: Sunday | December 14, 2014

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International Inc are rolling out new plans for customer and broadband services even while still awaiting regulatory approval for their planned merger.

In a release on Friday, the companies promised a “low-price broadband package” on which it will be spending US$400 million.

CWC, which trades as LIME, is acquiring 100 per cent of Columbus, the owners of triple-play company Flow, for US$3.025 billion, inclusive of about US$1.2 billion of debt. The operations of both companies are to merge.

CWC’s CEO, Phil Bentley, said in Friday’s press release that the merger would result in “the most extensive fibre infrastructure ever constructed in the region, providing wider access to all, specifically targeting low-income households.

“We will ensure that all our customers have affordable access, while also providing industry leading 1 gigabyte-per-second broadband speeds for those customers who want an unparalleled online experience,” he said.

The company said that 500 skilled jobs in the region would emerge over five years as the larger company expands its services. It also declared its support for net neutrality and number portability, which regional regulators have shown eagerness to implement.

Number portability will allow customers to retain their current phone numbers while switching networks.

CONSUMER CHOICE

“We are keen to facilitate consumer choice – it’s our customers who define service excellence – and the freedom to access OTT services and to port mobile or fixed-line telephone numbers is a key element of our strategy,” Bentley said.

OTT, or over-the-top services, include the contentious VoIP Internet calling services that regional telecoms have been attempting to block since mid-year. Digicel Group has been the most aggressive at fighting the incursion of unlicensed VoIP providers.

CWC said it would introduce ‘no-contract’ service offering, giving customers the ability to switch their landline, video, and broadband subscriptions at any time to any provider.

Earlier last week, the company also announced plans to launch a series of special ‘customer panels’ in 14 markets throughout the region, described as an organised platform to allow clients to “voice their concerns, share their opinions and express their service expectations”.

The panels are expected to provide the two companies with an opportunity to gain first-hand feedback to aid in the development of a new, consolidated strategy built around their customers’ appeals.

The telecom has launched its customer-friendly initiatives to get out in front of concerns that the CWC-Columbus merger would limit customer choice and dampen competition.

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Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20141214/business/business2.html

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Megan Fox Vs Orland Park Library

I have to be neutral here, I understand where she is getting at and the only reason this went as far as it did was because of the “I dont want to hear it” attitude and body language of the board. Yes we do believe in unfiltered access to the internet but this could have been handled properly. I know for sure my library has rules on using the internet because we are aware that materials may not be accepted by patrons and we want them to come back. This is the day and age where access to the internet is increasing and we want persons to come to the library to fulfill our mandate as information professionals to the society. I dont know anything about Megan Fox and I dont wish to. All I am saying “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger”.

My Thesis was on the Filtering the Internet and Libraries…. Now I could go on and on about the library not filtering internet and yada yada and all the bells and whistles that comes…. the picture I am looking at is the behavior… At all times the library should show the best side possible… I am not saying change the policy or whatever other scenarios! … Ok she is a crazy person…. Yes she is terrorizing the staff.. But whats the image you want the public to see? I applaud them for sticking to the policy…. I applaud them for all they are doing re talking actions against the defamation/lie she is spreading…. But what about the viewers…. She may be making this up… but the viewers may not know that. All they would see is the library board, Magan Fox and the friction in the middle… I am just talking about the image here… not the situation…

Note: I am only looking at the bigger picture…. the library’s image… I am neutral and this is my view… If you dont agree ohh well… 🙂

ORLAND PARK LIBRARY: Pornography, Arrogance of Board of Directors, and Dangers to Children
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKODFXD9mJ0