Wheatley Question's Paulwell on Performance of USF & TAC

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 & 2014 to date. Dr. Wheatley also sought answers on whether an independent audit has been done at the USF since it became a statutory entity in 2012.

The Opposition spokesman further requested information regarding status the Telecommunications Advisory Council (TAC), an entity which is supposed to provide guidance and advise to the Minister on all of matters relating to telecommunications services. He questioned the composition of this council, the remuneration of its members and the frequency of its meetings.

Dr. Wheatley says, it is imperative that the nation is kept abreast of the state of entities like the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Telecommunications Advisory Council (TAC) which are funded by taxpayers and are tasked with driving developments in the ICT sector.