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Aug 11, 2016

PUC Hosts Forum on Caribbean Internet Governance

The opening ceremony of a two-day forum on Caribbean Internet Governance was held today at the Radisson. Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, John Avery, says that Belize is not harnessing all the benefits of the internet. While from a commercial standpoint, tourism depends heavily on the internet, access to the service is behind from other Caribbean countries with similar economies like Belize. Avery says that the Caribbean is very vulnerable and cyber security remains a key issue of the internet framework regionally.

 

John Avery, Chairman, PUC

“It deals with all the issues that are involved with internet governance. It looks at it in layers. We have the infrastructure layer; you need to provide access in order to get the best use of the internet at affordable prices. It looks at all the illegal issues, the user groups; it looks at all the dangers and threats that exist over the internet and to try and come up with policy recommendations for countries of the CARICOM nations to adapt locally. That is what this forum really deals with.”

 

John Avery

Reporter

“How does it affect users in terms of persons who simply want to use the internet to enhance their quality of life, to make access to mainstream society easier?”

 

John Avery

“Well like I said, it is a policy framework for member states of CARICOM. It is up to the countries now, the different stakeholder groups within the countries to get these policies implemented if we so agree with them. Like I said, one of the areas we look at is access—not only in terms of the deployment of infrastructure, but actually the costs to gain access to the internet. So that is one of the areas that the CIGF Policy framework addresses and it lays out targets and criteria or recommendations for the different countries to follow. Again like I say, it is then up to the stakeholders within the countries to see how best they can implement those policies.”

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