ECTEL launches campaign to promote Electronic Communications Bill

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Press release:- Telecommunications laws in the five (5) member states of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) have been in force for over 20 years. ECTEL is therefore delighted to launch its public education and awareness campaign on the Electronic Communications Bill (EC Bill).

The EC Bill, once enacted, will undoubtedly advance the work of ECTEL and National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (NTRCs) as regulatory leaders committed to consumer empowerment and the harmonization of benefits in a unified space.

The event is scheduled to be held virtually on Thursday, January 27 starting at 2 p.m. EST
Caribbean time). In order to raise awareness among a wide range of people, it will be
broadcast live on Facebook: @ECTEL, as well as on various Facebook pages of the
Government information services in our member states and on the UWI TV Facebook page.

ECTEL anticipates that our efforts through this campaign and with the support of our partners and stakeholders will lead to a better understanding of the EC Bill.

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Presenters for the launch include the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of ECTEL – The Honorable Stephenson King, Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal (Saint Lucia) ; Mr. Duane Noel – Chairman of the Board of ECTEL and Acting CEO of ECTEL – Ms. Cheryl Hector Fontenelle.

They will provide a brief overview of the EC bill and the benefits for consumers. M/s.
fontenelle said:

“The launch of the public education and awareness campaign on the EC Bill is timely because
the new EC bill will close a number of gaps in the broadband infrastructure value chain
including affordable access to high-quality, high-speed broadband. The EC bill will also be
introduce new provisions for consumer protection, online complaint filing and
neutrality which refers to a free and open Internet where Internet service providers must not speed up or slow down web content depending on its source or destination.

Some of the campaign activities include creating and distributing infographics,
output of ECTEL Bytes Facebook Live shows zoning on various components
of the bill, a viral EC Bill social media challenge for students, EC Bill virtual discussions and a
Caribbean Media Practitioner Competition presenting the EC Bill among other initiatives.

The launch event is expected to be brief but packed with enough information to lift
awareness of the benefits of the EC Bill for our consumers in the Member States when
adopted. Viewers will also have the opportunity to win prizes by participating in quizzes.

Follow us on social media to keep up to date with this event and all future projects for
put in place regulations to ensure that consumers benefit from a quality electronic offer
communications department. Visit us at www.ectel.int or @ectel on Facebook and
YouTube and @ectelauthority on Instagram and Twitter.

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