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Jul 4, 2011

But does GOB control include BECOL and SMART?

But Belize Electricity Limited, Telemedia, and Belize Water Services Limited are not the only utility providers. There is also SMART, the second telecommunications company and BECOL which, according to B.E.L.’s website, provided over fifty percent of the electricity generated for 2010.  News Five asked the PM if these providers are also up for legislative consideration.

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“SpeedNet and BECOL are utilities—SpeedNet is a telecommunications provider in the same way that BTL is. But we feel that assuming control of the telecommunications landscape can be achieved by assuming control of Telemedia which is by far the larger of the two providers. I didn’t use the term dominant provider for reasons that that has certain connotations in terms of P.U.C. regulation. That is something—it’s a matter of some argument. So that’s why I said the larger of the two providers so that in order to assume control of telecommunications; it’s not necessary to assume control of SpeedNet. Once you assume control of Telemedia which is far underway bigger than SpeedNet. In terms of BECOL; that has been declared a public utility provider I believe under law, so that the extent subject to the P.U.C. But for us, the key is the actual distribution of the electricity. I see where you are coming from and it is very arguable that if we believe that public utilities should be in the majority control of government, somebody might say, but what about BECOL.  Short answer is; we can’t afford to nationalize BECOL. We can’t afford number one; financially. And number two; for I think practical political reasons as well. BECOL is working; BECOL is working very well certainly as far as the current owners are concerned. I don’t think you can go in to fix something when there is nothing wrong, except in terms of philosophical construct.  It’s not a perfect circle and so I will grant you that philosophical you might well make the point that man you should go for BECOL, but I am telling you that at the present time that is out of the question. And SpeedNet as well—that’s out of the question.”

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5 Responses for “But does GOB control include BECOL and SMART?”

  1. reggie says:

    PM DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL HE IS DOING.CONTROL OF UTILITY MEAN CONTROL OF ALL .WHY ARE YOU ONLY GOING AFTER BTL AND LEAVE SPEEDNET AND BELCO?IS IT BECAUSE ASCRAFT DON’T HAVE SHARES IN THE 2 COMPANY.PM COMPLETE THE JOB.AND WHEN ARE YOU GOING AFTER THE OIL COMPANY?THAT IS WHERE OUR PEOPLE MONEY IS AT.YOU ARE PLAYING A PERSONAL GAME WITH ASCRAFT AND USING THE POOR MONEY TO MAKE UR FAMILY RICH.PLEASE FIRE THE AG FOR HE IS NOT DOING HIS JOB.WHAT KIND OF MEDICATION ARE YOU GIVING UR CABINET?FOR THEM ALL TO SAY YES TO SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T READ.AND I KNOW 75% OF THE PEOPLE IS IN THE DARK.START TO WORK ON SOME FOOD KITCHEN BECAUSE A LOT OF FAMILY WILL BE HUNGRY FOR A LONG TIME.AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY UR MONEY THAT WAS RAPE FROM THE POOR.ASCRAFT IS A BUSINESS MAN AND HE IS DOING WHAT HE HAVE TO DO.YOU MIGHT STILL BE ON HIS PAYROLL SO BE CAREFULL OF THE HAND YOU BITE.BUT I MUST GIVE ASCRAFT CREDIT TO TAKE YOU ON.BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE IN BELIZE COULD HAVE DONE IT.AND I KNOW SOMETHING GOOD WILL COME OUT OF IT.WHAT YOU DON’T FINISH PUP WILL.JUST REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE TO PAY FOR OUR SINS SO BE PREPARE.AND I CALL ON THE JUDGES TO GO ON STRIKE .LISTEN TO THE HOUSE MEETING WAS LIKE A KINDERGARDEN.PM ASK THE MINISTER FROM O.W.WHO SEND HIM TO LAW SCHOOL.AND HE SAY ASCRAFT.I STILL DON’T KNOW WHY HE HAD TO ASK SUCH A STUPID QUESTION.PM WHO YOU MAKE THE MOST MONEY FROM IN THE COUNTRY?ASCRAFT AND THE POOR PEOPLE .GET RID OF THIS DICTATOR NOW MY PEOPLE.SEND HIM TO SPANISH LOOKOUT TO GET SOME OF THE OIL MONEY .HE EVEN FORGET ABOUT ALL THE KILLING GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY.GET THE LAW IN PLACE FOR THE KILLERS AND RESPECT THE JUDGES DECESION.ONCE A PERSON MAKE POWER AND MONEY CHANGE THEM DON’T TRUST THEM ANYMORE.

  2. Gil says:

    The prime minister have time in  addressing the nation of Belize  on a very Un-important issue BTL, belizean people have nothing to do with BTL, the prime minister said, ” BTL IS for the belizean people and the government” the Pm is totally WRONG!   We Belizean have nothing to do with Btl. The prime minister wants Btl for his family and for his friends not for the belizean people, the Pm have time to waste, the issue that need to be focus on is crime, many Belizean are losting their life and love ones 
    on the street everyday  and the Pm is not focusing on crime. He doesn’t care about the Belizean people but he can say that he fights  unbalf of the Belizean people, our Pm can Say Lie like a Rabit, 
    As he lost the case over Btl he immediately respond to the situation. Why he can’t address the crime problem. Why he tolerate crime.
    Pm it’s time for you to RESIGN 

  3. ANGEL says:

    for me i think the minister wants everything for himself and friends and families .. the only one who gets out of it are the ones who are in power ……. we belizean are still liviing the same way ////// we get nothing not even a piece of land to call our own …. i have been living in belize from ever since and to let you see when we all go for help they could never provide for us …. me living in cayo when its time to talk to them or just give a hlping hand i ask them they nevr have time they in a rush ….. i could never say they gave me something i wish they could give a helping hand to people who needs it but if you not tight blue or tight red you cant get nothing at all .. they both say when they come our houses i will help you the minute they get in place they forget you for good ……….. these people dont give one s….t about the people they only think for themselves sometimes not even to there family …… i could tell you i have my family in power here in cayo and believe me they never could help you they see you on the streets living a bad life and they dont say let me help you …… and they close as being my dads sister . for me the government they dont give one dam about the people in belize .. they only think and put everything in there pockets . and i dont only talk for the the united party but for both of them……… and look at it we have trouble paying our bills you see them they have trouble not at all ………. i think its time they start thinking for people and not only for themselves …. stop the bu… s. and start doing good for belize … we as belizean have rights to a piece of land people come from outside and they get easily and we that we are born belizeans we get nothing whats wrong with our government . i thought they were suppose to to help the people sprry government i know you only helping yourselves putting all the money in your pockets and not into the pockets of the needy people ………… step up mr barrow its time you start helping the people ….. maybe after that we could see a change in our community ….

  4. Clifford says:

    Monopoly!

  5. Roy Yates says:

    Let me add my two cents again to this BTL shenanigan and Barrow. Fool is talking but no fool is listning. Mr. Barrow & Co said that he want the utility companies for Belizeans; so why did he say that he was trying to sell portion of it to an Argentinian investor? I would think that by nationalizing the company the government would keep the shares or only Belizeans can own the shares. Why don’t the news media do a pole to find out who is the most dislike public servant in the country at this time? If it turn out that Barrow & Co get the most votes, that may cause him to do some personality adjustments; but then its hard to bend the tree when its old.

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