Channel 7 – Musa Says VoIP Is Legal

Said, is Ralph operating on his own? Are you the boss anymore? BTL’s blocking of LEGAL VoIP methods has continued despite regulatory guidance specifically allowing it. Ralph and Dean are defying the June PUC ruling. You have allowed BTL to plead ignorance up until now. The leaked letter offers clear proof you have racketeering in your organization. What are YOU going to do about it? Who is the Prime Minister of Belize? Please remind us.

Original Story:

Last week the UDP released a September 18th letter from BTL Managing Director Dean Boyce to Public Utilities Minister Ralph Fonseca and PUC Chairman Roberto Young. The latter makes clear that BTL has been given assurances and undertakings from government and the Minister that the PUC’s voice over internet guidelines are not enforceable and the PUC will not implement them. Well today speaking on the subject for the first time since the story broke, the Prime Minister said that he only saw the letter in the newspaper, a full month after Boyce sent it to Fonseca. Still, he’s up to speed with it; he says the government has given no such undertaking…but as for any such assurances from Ralph Fonseca? On that one, he seemed not quite as certain.

Jules Vasquez,
Sir what is the government’s position on VoIP? Are the regulations which have propagated by the PUC, are those modified or have those been invalidated?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“No they have not. As far as we are concerned, as far as the government is concerned, the PUC has put out the guidelines and we’ll be guided by that.”

Jules Vasquez,
Sir so have you seen the letter from Dean Boyce to the Minister of Public Utilities and the Chairman of the PUC and what then is the meaning of that, him saying that as far as he knows the agreements are not enforceable and will not be acted upon?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“I’ve see the letter as published in the newspapers, yes, I don’t know what is the legal position, whether guidelines are strictly enforceable. What I do know is that we will comply with whatever the law requires under the Belize Telecommunications Act and of course it is the PUC that is in charge of regulating the whole question of telecommunication.”

Adele Ramos, Amandala Newspaper
Can the government override what the PUC says?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“That’s a legal question.”

Adele Ramos,
Can the Ministry of Public Utilities, the government, can you override the PUC’s decision?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“I am not sure that we can . I don’t believe we can but we have not, that’s the important thing.”

Jules Vasquez,
Sir has the government made a side agreement with BTL the way you made one with ICC and Jeff Prosser?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“No, we have not.”

Jules Vasquez,
So the Minister of Public Utilities has not? You can declare that affirmatively?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“I am not aware of any such assurance that has been referred to in Mr. Boyce’s letter.”

Jules Vasquez,
But one may exist that you may not be aware of?

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“Why ask me those speculative questions.”

Jules Vasquez,
But you’re the boss sir.

Rt. Hon. Said Musa,
“The Minister is out of the country.”

The PUC has been acting on its own, and by the Prime Minister’s, word inviting international bandwidth vendors to meet with Belizean license holders and discuss telecom opportunities discussions have proceeded briskly and fiber optic giant, the New World Network has entered negotiations to set up its own fiber network.


One Response to Channel 7 – Musa Says VoIP Is Legal

  1. Robin Rachar says:

    I enjoy universe. I I like my religion also. Should I believe in evolution or should I believe in Adam and Eve. As an educated biologists and a religious man, I just don’t know what to do .

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