Wednesday 16th May, 2018 –Antigua Public Utilities Authority has been given two weeks in which to update government on a plan to address the unavailability of bandwidth in public schools.
Government ended an arrangement entered into with DIGICEL and LIME now FLOW by the previous administration, which was reportedly costing the government millions of dollars in revenue. It resulted in the disconnection of internet service to schools, which is yet to be rectified.
Minister responsible for telecommunications the Hon. Melford Nicolas responding to an appeal from the Teachers’ Union for the matter to be treated with urgency said the concerns raised are valid.
APUA has been asked to provide a solution to the issues facing the schools.
Minister Nicholas explains there appears to be an issue with capacity and that will be examined before a decision is made on the way forward.
It was revealed that providing schools with internet service based on current rates offered by providers will amount to millions of dollars annually. Therefore, government is seeking to find alternative options.