ICT Issues

Feb 17, 2016

Jamaica Labour Party Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, has presented the Party's 10-Point Plan for the development of the ICT Sector and Jamaica's...

 February 11, 2016

Jamaica Labour Party Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, says a new JLP Government will make the internet accessible on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses.  Dr. Wheatley says the...

JLP caretaker for St Catherine East Central, Mr Alando Terrelonge is expressing disappointment at the response given by the Junior Minister  Arnaldo Brown, for his massive $1,000,000.00 phone bill. 
 
Terrelonge describes the telephone bills as “a grave insult to the hard working taxpayers of Jamaica and a clear abuse of public funds.” Terrelonge added that “those elected to serve must lead by example and make the same sacrifices they call upon ordinary Jamaicans to make especially in the utilization of public funds to provide services to these same citizens.”
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Opposition Caretaker for St Catherine Eastern, Mr Alando Terrelonge, is expressing grave concern at the massive charges for telephone usage racked up by some Government Ministers. Terrelonge describes the soaring telephone bills as “a grave insult to the hard working taxpayers of Jamaica who struggle everyday to feed their families while those elected to serve refuse to lead by example and make the same sacrifices they call upon ordinary Jamaicans to make.”
 
The Opposition Caretaker said that while it is expected that Ministers will incur expenses as they perform their...

Following concerns raised on Monday regarding the absence of an update on the OUR's efforts to resolve the VoIP row, Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT, and Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, yesterday tabled questions to be answered by Minister Phillip Paulwell in 21 days relating to the Universal Services Fund (USF) and the Telecommunications Advisory Council (TAC).

Among questions tabled, Dr. Wheatley asked Minister Paulwell to provide details on the status of the Universal Services Fund (USF) including its revenues for the budget years 2012/13, 2013/14 &...

Opposition Spokesman on ICT and Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, is taking the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to task over its failure to present the nation with a timely update on its intervention efforts following the move by telecommunications entities LIME and Digicel to block certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications.

Dr. Wheatley says it has been over 3 months since the OUR’s intervention, but although back in July it stated that it had requested additional information from the telcos and had the matter under review, the nation is yet to...

 ADVISORY

Who:            Opposition Spokesperson, Dr Andrew Wheatley MP
                      - Science ICT Digital Society Development & the Environment
     
What:             Press Briefing

When:            Monday July 21 2014
                       11:00 am

Where:           JLP HQ
                       20 Belmont Rd, Kingston 5 

Details:  Opposition Opposition Spokesperson on Science ICT Digital Society
                 Development & the Environment will host a Press Briefing to discuss the following:...

ICT Act needs to be drafted and tabled, opposition spokesman says

KINGSTON, Jamaica— Opposition Spokesman on ICT, Digital Society Development and the Environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, is expressing concern regarding the recently announced action of telecommunications providers LIME and Digicel to block the use of certain VoIP applications, such as Skype & Viber, on their networks.

“This latest action by the telecoms providers is setting a dangerous precedent and could have an adverse effect on a country trying to encourage greater use of ICTs for economic development,” Dr...

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Opposition spokesperson for Science, ICT, Digital Economy Development and the Environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, today criticised Phillip Paulwell and Julian Robinson  for failing “to implement a cohesive ICT strategy for the country”.
Dr Wheatley gave Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Paulwell, and his junior Minister Robinson failing grades for their stewardship of the ICT portfolio over the past two years.

Making his presentation in the sectoral debate in Gordon House, Dr Wheatley charged that the ministers “have failed to table critical ICT...

THE Opposition Spokesman on ICT and Digital Economy Development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has criticised junior minister Julian Robinson's explanation of the further delays in implementing number portability as unacceptable and weak.

Responding to Robinson's explanation on his ministry's failure to implement number portability over two years, Dr Wheatley said that it was "totally unacceptable and weak".

"He could never be claiming that he was not aware of these issues two years ago, yet they have shifted the deadline four times. The only explanation must, therefore, be that the...

 

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