April 11, 2021

The Editor speaks: OfReg the costly regulatory government office

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I rarely comment on Freedom of Information requests sourced from another media company’s article. Today is an exception. It is with some amazement to learn from an article published recently in the Cayman Compass that states OfReg, the government Utility Regulation and Competition Office, spent nearly $2 million on consultancy and professional fees since its […]

The Editor Speaks: Child grooming is now an offense

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Last Thursday (13), when the opposition benches were absent due to their petty walkout, the rest of the MLAs present passed into law that child grooming will now be an offence. What is child grooming? According to Wikipedia: “Child grooming is befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, and sometimes the family, to […]

Emergency Notification System to become a reality in the Cayman Islands

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GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS; 5 March 2018 OfReg, and the Department of Hazard Management have joined forces to structure a plan for an effective emergency notification system (ENS) for the Cayman Islands. A discussion paper has been issued by OfReg today for public consultation and is available at ofreg.ky/consultations. The proposed plan includes the use […]

Cayman Islands URCO now operational

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The Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture today (Friday, 3 February 2017) announced the establishment of the Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg. Cabinet decided to establish the multi-sector regulatory agency, following an evaluation by the Ministry of the effectiveness of the functions of the standalone regulators. This report found that a converged utility […]

The Editor Speaks: Conditions apply

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The Editor Speaks: Conditions apply Have you noticed that every special offer that is thrown at us by companies has the words “conditions apply”? With the ads on the airwaves, especially the telecommunication companies, you get a voice, almost out of breath as he or she rushes to get all the great offers announced within […]

Cayman Islands Ministry Of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure establishment of the “Utility Regulation and Competition Office”

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In the next sitting of the Legislative Assembly in October new legislation will be considered to establish a multi-sector regulatory agency to be known as the Utility Regulation and Competition Office. URCO which will assume the responsibilities and functions currently carried out by Information Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). It […]

Cayman Islands Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure Establisment Of The “Utility Regulation And Competition Office”

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The Cabinet decided to enact new legislation to establish a multi-sector regulatory agency to be known as the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (URCO) which will assume the responsibilities and functions currently carried out by Information Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). Cabinet has also decided that URCO will assume the […]

The Editor Speaks: ICTA has at last a bite

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I have to be careful not to show any bias here as, having been involved with the ICTA when it first came to power, I have not much love for them. However, since their new head, Alee Fa’amoe, has taken over, there seems to be a man who shows no bias one way or another […]

ICTA expresses concern about resilience of Cayman Islands Telecoms infrastructure

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In the wake of a major hardware failure that affected the MAYA-1 submarine cable system, and caused widespread outages on the telephone networks in Cayman, the Information & Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) has expressed its concerns about the resilience of Cayman’s telecommunications infrastructure. It is believed that the network crash — which started affecting call […]

LIME responds to WestStar, Logic deal

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From TeleGeography Cayman Islands telco Cable & Wireless, which operates under the LIME banner, has responded to the proposed transfer of the ownership of domestic telecoms operator WestStar from Botcat Holdings to WestTel Limited (trading in the country as Logic). Although LIME pointed out that it ‘does not object to the transfer per se’, it […]