This is the ICTA’s Call for Inputs paper on The Future of Local Television Broadcasting in the Cayman Islands. There is an obligation on specific ICTA Licensees to provide a Local Television service where they also provide a subscription television service. It is now nearly ten years since that Local Television obligation was first drafted and much has changed in the Cayman Islands since then. As set out in the paper, the Authority is considering whether that Local Television service obligation is still fit for purpose and asks for your inputs by 7 May 2014. It is intended that the outcome of this process will be for the Authority to make recommendations, where appropriate, to the Government on possible amendments to current Licences and/or the introduction of Regulations dealing with the issues raised.
ICTA Licensee Inputs
The Authority has also received inputs from the following:
Keith Doyle, Simon Boxall, Jac and Kay Andre, Joan Solomon, Leighton Pitterson, Mona Lisa Tatum, Robert Airey, Cynthia West, Patricia Nicholson, Sara MacKay, Jennifer Weber, Patty Lou Glidden, Angel Hawkins, Cleopatra Foster, Ninfa Smith, Badir Awe, Carol Ferreira, CharleneLeBlanc, Eric Frick, Marlene Bodden, Renata Rocci, Vassel G Johnson Jr, Zeta Bodden, NCVO, National Gallery, AMF Partners, CILLA, CITN Productions, CNCF, and Whirlybird Productions Ltd.
In addition to the above inputs, the Authority received a form letter response from just over 300 individuals. You can see the form letter response here.
Launch Date: 8 Apr 14
Closing Date: 7 May 14
In this public consultation document, the Information and Communications Technology Authority (the "ICTA" or "Authority") seeks comment from all interested parties on whether or not mandating the provision of access to a Licensee’s fixed wire and/or fibre Local Loop in Grand Cayman and/or the Sister Islands would be contrary to the public interest and related questions.
Closing Date for Reply Comments: 29 Jul 13
Launch Date: 27 May 13
Closing Date: 15 Jul 13
This proceeding is a follow-up to the Authority's ICT Decision 2010-5 and the purpose of the proceeding is to finalize a cost-oriented Fixed Termination Rate ("FTR") and Transit Rate. Such rates apply for the routing of traffic from customers on one licensee's network to customers on another licensee's network and are not directly charged to retail customers but are instead charged by telecommunications licensees to other telecommunications licensees.
Launch Date: 4 Sept 12
Closing Date: TBD
The Public Record of the FTR and Transit Rate Review is available here.
Index & Date Launched
- Third Consultation on the Assignment of 700 MHz Spectrum - 13 Dec 12
- FLLRIC (Phase III) - Follow-Up Proceeding - 22 Dec 11
- FLLRIC (Phase III) - Implementation - 15 Jan 09
- Second Consultation on the Assignment of 700 MHz Spectrum - 29 Jun 11
- A Policy for Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and Similar Technologies - 28 Aug 09
- Policy for the Assignment of 700 MHz Spectrum - 1 May 09
- Publication of ICT Statistics - 29 Jan 09
- Local Number Portability - Second Consultation - 21 Apr 08
- FLLRIC (Phase II) - Costing Manual - 27 Oct 05
- Policy for Spectrum Allocation - 27 Apr 07
- Policy for Unsolicited Electronic Messages (Spam) - 20 Jun 06
- Technician Certification Programme - 13 Mar 06
- Locking of Mobile Handsets - 25 Nov 05
- Draft Process Directive - 8 Nov 04
- Local Number Portability (LNP) - 30 Aug 04
- Promotions - Regulatory Guidelines - 16 Aug 04
- Forward Looking Long-Run Incremental Costing (FLLRIC) - 24 May 04
- Wholesale and Carrier Services - 19 Dec 03
- Indirect Access - 11 Nov 03
- .ky Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and Rules - 14 Sep 03
- Draft Interconnection and Infrastructure Access Regulations - 25 Jul 03
- Draft Dispute Resolution Rules - 1 Jul 03
- Licence Application Forms - 4 Jun 03
- The Public Consultation Process - 12 May 03
- Draft Confidentiality Rules - 12 May 03
Following the previous consultations on this topic in 2009 & 2011, the Authority concluded that it would be premature to assign spectrum in the 700 MHZ band. In this third consultation, the Authority seeks updated input from the industry and the public on the policy that should be adopted by the Authority for the assignment of spectrum within the 700 MHz band.
» Digicel Response to 700 MHz Beauty Contest & Interrogatory (Redacted)
» LIME Response to 700 MHz Beauty Contest & Interrogatory (Redacted)
» ICTA to Digicel and LIME re: 700 MHz Beauty Contest & Interrogatory
» LIME Application for 700 MHz Spectrum (Redacted)
» Digicel Application for 700 MHz Spectrum (Redacted)
Launch Date: 27 Sep 12
Closing Date: 25 Oct 12
This proceeding is a follow-up to the Authority's ICT Decision 2011-3 and the purpose of the proceeding is to finalize the FLLRIC cost model.
Launch Date: 22 Dec 11
Closing Date: 17 May 12
The Public Record of FLLRIC Phase III Follow-Up Proceeding is available here.
In this public consultation document, the Information and Communications Technology Authority (the "ICTA" or the "Authority") seeks comment from all interested parties on the revised Forward-looking Long-run Incremental Costs ("FLLRIC") model and the Mobile Termination Rate ("MTR") cost studies that will be developed by Cable and Wireless (Cayman Islands) Ltd. ("LIME").
This public consultation is a continuation of the FLLRIC development process. The first phase of that process was initiated by a public consultation on 24 May 2004 entitled Forward-looking Long-run Incremental Costing (CD (2004) 1) and concluded by an Authority decision on 22 July 2005 entitled ICT Decision 2005-4 - Decision for the Forward-looking Long-run Incremental Costing Consultation (CD (2004) 1). The second phase was initiated by a public consultation on 25 October 2005 entitled Costing Manual (CD (2005) 1) and concluded by an Authority decision on 31 July 2008 entitled ICT Decision 2008-2 – Decision for the Costing Manual Consultation (CD (2005) 1) ("Decision 2008-2" or the "Decision").
Launch Date: 15 Jan 09
Closing Date: 14 Dec 10
The Public Record of FLLRIC Phase III Proceeding is available here.
Following the previous consultation on this topic in 2009, the Authority concluded that it would be premature to assign spectrum in the 700 MHZ band. In this second consultation, the Authority seeks updated input from the industry and the public on the policy that should be adopted by the Authority for the assignment of spectrum within the 700 MHz band.
Launch Date: 29 Jun 11
Closing Date: 27 Jul 11 (Extended to 2 Aug 11)
The Public Record of the previous public consultation is available here.
The use of DPI and similar technologies in other jurisdictions such as the European Union, Canada and the United States has raised concerns about privacy and, quite separately, traffic tiering. These concerns have resulted in a number of regulatory investigations and determinations. In this public consultation document, the Information and Communications Technology Authority seeks input from the industry and the public on the policy that should be adopted with respect to the use such technologies in the Cayman Islands.
Follow-up to ICT Decision 2010-4
» 10-Jun-10 Letter from ICTA to LIME re follow up to ICT Decision 2010-4
» 30-Apr-10 Letter from Digicel to ICTA re follow up to ICT Decision 2010-4
» 28-Apr-10 Letter from LIME to ICTA re follow up to ICT Decision 2010-4
» 26-Apr-10 Email from ICTA to all parties further extending the deadline to file follow up submissions
» 14-Apr-10 E-mail from WestTel to ICTA dated April 14th re follow up to ICT Decision 2010-4
» 12-Apr-10 Email from ICTA to all parties extending the deadline to file follow up submissions
Further Correspondence with Licensees
» 26-Feb-10 E-mail from ICTA notifying revised timeline for final determination in DPI proceeding
» 5-Feb-10 Call for Comments on LIME reconsideration request
» 4-Feb-10 LIME Request for Reconsideration of 14 Jan decision
» 30-Jan-10 Unredacted version of Digicel's response to ICTA questions
» 14-Jan-10 ICTA Decision on Digicel's confidentiality claim
» 14-Jan-10 ICTA Decision on use of DPI pending final determination
» 18-Dec-09 Digicel response to ICTA
» 11-Dec-09 WestTel response to ICTA
» 8-Dec-09 LIME Letter to ICTA
» 3-Dec-09 ICTA Letter to Digicel
» 3-Dec-09 ICTA Letter to WestTel
Licensee responses to questions 25.a to 25.d
» ICTA Annoucement of Amendment to Closing Dates
» Walkers extension request
» CD2009-4 - A Policy for Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and Similar Technologies
» ICTA response to Digicel
» Digicel response to ICTA directive
» ICTA directive to licensees
Launch Date: 28 Jul 09
Closing Date: 28 Aug 09 (For licensee responses to questions 25a to 25d.)
Closing Date: 28 Sep 09 (For all other submissions.)
In this public consultation document, the Information and Communications Technology Authority (the "ICTA" or the "Authority") seeks input from the industry and the public on the policy that should be adopted by the Authority for the assignment of spectrum within the 700 MHz band.
Launch Date: 1 May 09
Closing Date: 29 May 09
The Authority often receives inquires regarding the extent of usage of ICT services in the Cayman Islands. Those inquires come from, among others, research companies conducting market studies, potential entrants in the market, and international agencies conducting country comparisons. The Authority considers that the public disclosure of certain highly aggregated market statistics could be in the public interest. For example, public disclosure could:
- help inform investment decisions that facilitate entry and innovation in the telecommunications market, and hence contribute to the growth and development of competition in the Cayman Islands;
- provide insights into the industry that portray Cayman as an attractive place to do business and live; and
- replace erroneous or older ICT statistics from non official sources that provide an inaccurate picture of the state of ICT in Cayman.
In this consultation the Authority seeks the views of the industry and the public on whether certain aggregate statistics should be published.
No submissions received by comment due date of 23 Feb 2009.
Launch Date: 29 Jan 09
Closing Date: 5 Mar 09
In ICT Decision 2005-1, Interim Decision and Further Process for Local Number Portability, released 29 March 2005, the Authority determined that there were significant benefits to LNP and that it would be appropriate to further examine the likely implementation costs of LNP in the Cayman Islands. Accordingly, the Authority established a Local Number Portability Consortium (LNPC), consisting of the Authority and major ICT network licensees, to identify the most appropriate LNP model for the Cayman Islands and to investigate its costs.
Initially, the LNPC examined the models in place in a wide variety of jurisdictions around the globe. The LNPC then approached a number of vendors and requested proposals for the implementation of LNP in Cayman. Based on these discussions, the LNPC recommended to the Authority a model involving an electronic query of all calls. In this consultation document, the Authority seeks comments on whether LNP remains a desirable option for the Cayman Islands in light of the likely costs to subscribers.
Authority Determination on Reconsideration Request
Comments on Reconsideration Request
Further Responses (Licensees)
Further Responses (Others)
Second Round Closing Date: 1 Sep 08
Launch Date: 21 Apr 08
Closing Date: 30 May 08
In this public consultation document, the Authority seeks comment from all interested parties on a costing manual that will be used by Cable and Wireless (Cayman Islands) Ltd. ("C&W") to develop Forward-looking Long-run Incremental Costs ("FLLRIC") for its services. Among other things, the FLLRIC costing manual and associated model will be used to develop rates for interconnection services with other telecommunications service providers, to ensure that C&W's retail rates are not anti-competitive, and to quantify any access deficit.
This public consultation is a continuation of the FLLRIC development process. The first phase of that process was initiated by a public consultation on 24 May 2004 entitled Forward-looking Long-run Incremental Costing (CD (2004) 1) and concluded by an Authority decision on 22 July 2005 entitled ICT Decision 2005-4 - Decision for the Forward-looking Long-run Incremental Costing Consultation (CD (2004) 1).
The Public Record of FLLRIC Phase II is available here.
Launch Date: 27 Oct 05
Closing Date: 21 Jul 06
Much of the electromagnetic spectrum currently is allocated on a non-exclusive (shared) basis by the Authority. This consultation document seeks input from Licensees and the general public on whether this policy should be modified and, if so, in what way.
Launch Date: 27 Apr 07
Closing Date: 25 May 07 - now extended to 13 Jul 07
Spam is the term now generally used to refer to unsolicited bulk messages, usually transmitted to a large number of recipients via electronic mediums such as email. They usually have a focus on promoting products, services or fraudulent schemes. Major problems caused by spam are breaches of privacy and a lowering of user confidence, deceptive practices, illegal or offensive content such as pornography and scams, threats to network integrity and security, desired email getting blocked by anti-spam technologies, and the financial costs imposed on ISPs and users. Due to the problems caused by spam and the continuing growth in the volume of spam, a number of governments around the world have enacted or are proposing legislation as one way of curbing spam growth. The ICT Authority considers that legislation against spam may be an appropriate measure for the Cayman Islands also. This paper seeks to discuss and obtain feedback on the various policy issues which are raised when considering anti-spam legislation. The objective is to ensure that any anti-spam legislation enacted in Cayman Islands is an effective tool as part of a multi-pronged attack on spam.
Launch Date: 20 Jun 06
Closing Date: 18 Aug 06
Until the liberalization of the telecommunications market in Cayman, the incumbent Cable & Wireless certified both its own employees and contracted technicians who undertook internal cabling and installation of telephone networks. This programme is no longer appropriate in a liberalized telecommunications market. However, the Authority believes there is still a requirement to provide a technician certification programme that is independent of any particular provider.
Accordingly, the Authority proposes to establish a regime of training and certification, in collaboration with the University College of the Cayman Islands that meets international industry standards, and promotes the development of safe and reliable ICT networks and services in the Cayman Islands.
The ICT Authority has initiated a Public Consultation Process to obtain the views of the general public and the ICT sector on how the Technician Certification Programme should be structured.
Launch Date: 13 Mar 06
Closing Date: 10 May 06
Many mobile handsets allow the mobile service provider to prevent the handset from being used to access an alternative mobile service provider's network. This practice is generally referred to as "locking" the handset. The mobile service providers in the Cayman Islands apply this practice to some or all of the handsets they supply.
The locking of any handsets by any service provider may inhibit competition as it is an impediment to customers changing service providers. On the other hand, it may be argued that handset prices would rise if unlocking were to be mandated because of reduced incentives for service providers to provide handset subsidies. In this public consultation, the Authority seeks comments from all interested parties on an appropriate policy regarding the locking of mobile handsets.
Launch Date: 25 Nov 05
Closing Date: 24 Mar 06
There is no uniform practice for the manner in which pertinent information is made available amongst Licensees. The Authority is minded to issue Procedural Rules in order to have a more transparent, efficient and uniform regulatory process. The Authority requests that all Major Network Licensees file their comments on the attached draft Procedural Rules no later than 15 December 2004. In the interim the Authority encourages the Licensees to follow the draft Procedural Rules.
Launch Date: 8 Nov 04
Closing Date: 15 Dec 04
Through this consultative document, the ICT Authority seeks comments from Licensees, other stakeholders and the general public on local number portability (LNP) which, many parties contend, helps to promote competition and maximize the benefits of a competitive telecommunications market for consumers. For example, if a customer can keep his telephone number when changing operators, he avoids a number of costs associated with a number change. With lower costs to the customer of changing operators, there is more potential for the development of competition and market entry.
of Comments from General Public and Businesses
» Chamber of Commerce Request for an Extension
» ICTA Response to Chamber of Commerce
» Comments by Cable & Wireless
» Comments by Wireless Ventures (Cingular/AT&T)
» Comments by Digicel
» Comments by TeleCayman
» Comments by WestStar
» Comments by WestTel
Launch Date: 30 Aug 04
Closing Date: 30 Sep 04 - Closing Date extended to 3 Dec 04
In this public consultation document the Authority seeks comment from all interested parties on a particular set of guidelines that are to be employed to evaluate the legitimacy of retail service promotions.
In the Authority's view there currently exists little regulatory guidance with respect to service promotions. While Annex 5 to Cable & Wireless' ("C&W") Licence ("Annex 5") addresses the tariff treatment of C&W's retail and wholesale services, it does not explicitly address the tariff treatment of C&W's retail service promotions. To-date, the Authority has evaluated the legitimacy of Cable & Wireless (C&W) promotions on a case-by-case basis. Hence, the purpose of the guidelines in this public consultation is to reduce regulatory uncertainty by providing Licensees an understanding of how the Authority will evaluate and determine the legitimacy of service promotions.
Launch Date: 16 Aug 04
Closing Date: 22 Oct 04 - Closing Date extended to 14 Feb 05
This public consultation document commences ICTA's proceeding on the development and application of a forward-looking long-run incremental cost (FLLRIC) model. The Authority anticipates this document will be the first of several in this proceeding that seeks comment and clarification from interested parties.
The purpose of constructing a FLLRIC model is threefold: the FLLRIC model will be used to establish cost-based interconnection rates, provide cost inputs for imputation tests, and quantify any access deficit. The initial purposes of the FLLRIC model are set out in C&W's Licence, of which the relevant portions are discussed in greater detail in the following section. FLLRIC may be used for other purposes than those identified in the C&W Licence; and these likely will become evident as the liberalisation process evolves and competition develops.
In this document, the Authority sets out the overall process for the FLLRIC proceeding which is comprised of three phases. In the first phase, the Authority seeks to establish the foundation of a FLLRIC model; that is, to identify generally accepted economic and "best practice" regulatory costing principles to be adopted by Cable & Wireless (Cayman Islands) ("C&W") in a FLLRIC model. In Phase 2, the Authority will evaluate a preliminary implementation of the FLLRIC model based on the initial Phase 1 determinations. Finally, in Phase 3, C&W will be directed to implement the FLLRIC model consistent with the Authority's Phase 2 determinations.
Parties Comments on Phase I Issues
Proposed Revised Process
» ICTA Revised Process 3 - Reply to C&W
» ICTA Revised Process 3 - Amended Process Letter
» ICTA Revised Process 3 - Amended Process Schedule
» Digicel Proposed Revised Process
» ICTA Revised Process 4 - Amended Process Letter
» ICTA Revised Process 4 - Amended Process Schedule
» Wireless Ventures Comments
» Digicel Comments
» TeleCayman Comments
» WestTel Comments
C&W Reply Comments (received 10 February 2005)
Interrogatories and Responses
Revised Process 1
» Wireless Ventures Interrogatories to C&W
» Digicel Interrogatories to C&W
» ICTA 25 Jun 04 Interrogatories to C&W
» ICTA Revised Process 2
» C&W Responses to Wireless Ventures
» C&W Responses to Digicel
» C&W Responses to 25 Jun 04 ICTA Interrogatories - Cover Letter
» C&W Responses to 25 Jun 04 ICTA Interrogatories - Redacted Response
» C&W Responses to 25 Jun 04 ICTA Interrogatories - Cost Accounting Methodologies
» ICTA 20 Aug 04 Interrogatories to C&W
» C&W Responses to 20 Aug 04 ICTA Interrogatories
C&W FLLRIC Proposals
Updated Proposal filed Nov 2003
Initial Proposal filed Sep 2003
Launch Date: 24 May 04
Closing Date: 9 Aug 04 (Phase I)
The Authority is of the view that the Liberalisation Agreement and Cable & Wireless Licence make reference to only three classes of services: retail, interconnection and wholesale (for resale). There are clearly a number of services which fall outside the definitions of these three categories. Such services are primarily those provided to other licensees, not for resale but rather as a component of their own services. For want of a better name, the Authority proposes to refer to these services as "Carrier Services", and to define the term by exception, i.e. "Carrier Services" means services, other than retail services and interconnection and wholesale (for resale) services provided by one licensee to another.
The Authority believes that it has the jurisdiction and good grounds to require the incumbent to provide wholesale and carrier services to other licensees, and for such services to be subject to regulation.
During the conversion to Adobe format, some questions in the original document became corrupted. A new version is provided below:
Launch Date: 19 Dec 03
Closing Date: 18 Jan 04 - Now extended until 12 noon on Friday, 23 Jan 04
This consultation document seeks public input on the subject of indirect access. A well-structured regulatory framework for indirect access can further the development of effective competition for international ICT services in the Cayman Islands' liberalised ICT market. Indirect access allows international ICT service providers to sell outgoing international services in competition with the incumbent. Indirect access will effectively untie the provision of international services from the provision of access and local services and, as a result, facilitate competition for the former.
Parties' Responses to Interrogatories
» C&W Response to Interrogatory #3 - Cover Letter
» C&W Response to Interrogatory #3 - Redacted
» C&W Response to Other Interrogatories - Cover Letter
» C&W Response to Other Interrogatories - Redacted
» C&W Update to Interrogatory #16 - Redacted
» Digicel Response to Interrogatory #3
» Digicel Response to Other Interrogatories - Cover Letter
» Digicel Response to Other Interrogatories - Redacted
» eTechnologies Response to Interrogatory #3
» TeleCayman Response to Interrogatory #3
» WestTel Response to Interrogatory #3
» Wireless Ventures Response to Interrogatory #3
Follow-up to Decision 2004-5(Interim)
Launch Date: 16 Aug 04
Closing Date: Response to Interog 3 by 30 Aug 04
Responses to remaining interrogs by 18 Oct 04
Closing Date EXTENDED TO 19 Nov 04
Launch Date: 26 Aug 04
Closing Date: 1 Oct 04 and quarterly thereafter
Initial Closing Date EXTENDED TO 19 Nov 04
ICTA Interim Decision
Call for further comments
Launch Date: 10 Mar 04
Closing Date: 6 Apr 04
Launch Date: 11 Nov 03
Closing Date: 12 Dec 03
The Authority plans to introduce Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and Rules for the .ky Internet Domain. The attached draft Policy and Rules are based upon the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and Rules adopted by ICANN. The Authority welcomes public comment upon these drafts.
Launch Date: 14 Sep 03
Closing Date: 14 Oct 03
The Authority is of the view that interconnection services should be provided for in a manner which facilitates market liberalization, maximizes the use of infrastructure and minimizes environmental impacts. Further, consistent with the ICTA Law, interconnection services must be provided on non-discriminatory terms and conditions, be sufficiently unbundled so that only required network elements are being paid for, and be made available on a cost basis pursuant to a methodology adopted by the Authority. Public comment on the Draft Regulations is sought.
It is recognized that important issues affecting Licensees and interested parties will require debate amongst these various parties which may result in disputes. It is also recognized that some disputes will require some form of intervention for resolution by the Information and Communications Technology Authority. Additionally, it is anticipated that members of the general public will have concerns on matters pertaining to the ICT Services they receive which may require some form of intervention for resolution by the Authority. In order to ensure a fair, efficient and equitable process for addressing and resolving such matters the Authority proposes to introduce Dispute Resolution Rules. Public comment on the Draft Rules is sought.
Launch date: 1 July 03
Closing date: 30 July 03
Launch date: 1 July 03
Closing date: 30 July 03
Potential suppliers of all types of ICT Services and ICT Networks must first submit completed application forms for consideration by the Authority. The first issue of these forms is now available for public comment.
Launch date: 4 June 03
Closing date: 1 July 03
Launch date: 4 June 03
Closing date: 1 July 03
Launch date: 4 June 03
Closing date: 1 July 03
Launch date: 4 June 03
Closing date: 1 July 03
This consultation document discusses the public consultation process itself, including its objectives, forms, public hearings, decisions and confidentiality.
Launch date: 12 May 03
Closing date: 15 Jun 03
Transparency is critical for the Authority. There may be circumstances, however, when the need for confidentiality outweighs the need for openness. This consultation paper proposes draft rules for dealing with this difficult issue.
Launch date: 12 May 03
Closing date: 15 Jun 03