Government puts brakes on telecoms reform bills

5 Jul 2010

The government of Bermuda has reportedly turned its back on plans to push a new telecoms reform bill through the House of Assembly before the summer recess, according to local newspaper The Royal Gazette which quotes a spokesman for the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce (METEC) as saying via e-mail. Michael Scott, the country’s Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce, recently went on record as saying he would table the Regulatory Authority Act and the Electronic Communications Act bills by ‘next Friday’, to be voted on before the summer recess. However, the e-mail seen by the paper states: ‘Please note that having regards to comments regarding the timing of the proposed draft Bills, the Minister has agreed to extend the current timetable for the tabling of the Bills … The tabling will therefore not take place in this session of Parliament as originally proposed. The Minister will update industry on its new time table as early as possible.’ The decision is welcome news to the likes of KeyTech Ltd – which owns the Bermuda Telephone Company, cellular provider M3 Wireless and Internet service provider Logic Communications, and counts Bermuda CableVision as an affiliate – and which had called for a delay to allow discussion on what exactly the reform was meant to achieve.