Govt. holds hearing into new cable bid

By Alex Wright – The Royal Gazette

Internet users could soon be enjoying a more affordable service after plans to install a new telecom cable linking Bermuda to North America set to move a step closer to fruition today. A hearing has been called into an application for a Class A telecommunciations licence from Cable Co. Ltd. at the Department of Telecommunications in Church Street, Hamilton. The application is set to be considered by the Minister for the Environment, Telecommunications and E-Commerce and a decision made on it in the coming weeks.

Last month The Royal Gazette reported how the trio of KeyTech, North Rock Communications and Transact formed a consortium to bid to supply the new cable and so challenge the Island’s current two ISP Class A carriers, Cable & Wireless and TeleBermuda International. This could result in a welcome reduction in cost for consumers if given the green light.

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