Regulator against broadband tax

9 Jul 2004

The Jamaica Competitive Telecommunications Association (JCTA), which represents eleven start-up telcos in the country, has said that it is against the introduction of a new telecoms tax proposed by the government. Under the plan, the nation’s operators would start paying a tax of 5% on all sales from September 2004, raising USD150 million over three years which the government hopes will pay for the rollout of a nationwide broadband IP network. The JCTA believes smaller operators should be treated differently to incumbent operator C&W Jamaica, and pay a lower percentage.