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  • A sum of $15 million has been allocated for Enhancing the ICT Regulatory Environment in Jamaica project.
  • The objectives of the programme include establishing a modern island wide telecommunications network universal service for all Jamaicans.
  • The governance model of the existing regulator and proposed organisational structure for the establishment and implementation of a converged stand-alone ICT regulator will also be reviewed.

A sum of $15 million has been allocated in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure for the Enhancing the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Regulatory Environment in Jamaica project.

The proposed budget, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on April 3 by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, will be reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House from April 8 to 10.

The objectives of the programme include: establishing a modern island wide telecommunications network universal service for all Jamaicans and the wide deployment of broadband services; and updating and enhancing Jamaica’s ICT regulatory environment and governance model, through a detailed review of its current status and a set of proposed recommendations.

Other objectives include: developing information tools on the current status of broadband in Jamaica, in order to contribute to improving policymakers, regulators and operators understanding of the sector; and creating an understanding of sector dynamics, which will enable the government of Jamaica to facilitate future broadband deployment and adoption, while tailoring its market interventions to complement private sector investments.

Anticipated targets for the 2014/15 fiscal year include: reviewing the current regulatory framework for the ICT sector and providing specific recommendations for drafting appropriate legislation for the establishment of a converged stand-alone ICT regulator.

The governance model of the existing regulator and proposed organisational structure for the establishment and implementation of a converged stand-alone ICT regulator will also be reviewed. The existing GIS capabilities to facilitate the development and maintenance of an interactive broadband coverage map and dashboard will be assessed, and workshops conducted with stakeholders regarding a regulatory framework.

The Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Government of Jamaica.