Submitted by David Weekes Dear Mrs. Sealy, I write with reference to your response to my matter at caption – your reference # 4/14/20 (447). The reason that I have written is because i am so absolutely disappointed by your findings. Miss Emily Ronalds, the Abbey School circa 1965 taught using the Royal Reader series […]
Submitted by David Weekes I would be grateful if you would publish this for me. Last year around September 26th 2014 after going to Surepay to pay a bill, a conversation with a Surepay attendant led me to review all my bills and services with LIME. Suffice it to say, I found that I had […]
News out of Jamaica this week is that LIME has to pay Digicel more than J$1.5 billion dollars for wrongly withholding money for calls from LIME’s fixed line subscribers to Digicel mobile phones. This is not the first time the regulators have had to arbitrate to force telecommunications companies in the region to do the honest thing. All the while LIME, Digicel and the others push the message of being good corporate citizens.
Have we, Barbadian consumers, ever wondered who is championing our rights? In the same way LIME and Digicel who are always at each other’s throats to demand their rights – what about the consumers? The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and other bodies have been created with supporting legislation to safeguard consumer interest as well as the Utilities but one gets the impression after several years that the system is not responding to citizens in the same way it does for the utilities. What are consumers to do in the circumstances? Our politicians have no motivation to change anything because they are puppets of these corporate marauders. We have a non existent consumer body. Our citizens are lazy and see no need to forcefully demonstrate against the system. Some will say we deserve being chaffed.
The Fair Training Commission (FTC) is advising on its website that on the 24 November, 2014 an application was received from Cable & Wireless Communications Plc and Columbus International Inc seeking permission to merge the local subsidiaries (C&W and LIME) in Barbados in accordance with Section 20 (7) of the Fair Competition Act. Pursuant to […]
Submitted by Anthony Davis “It may not have the blessing of regional regulators and even consumers at this stage, but shareholders of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), the parent of LIME, today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Columbus International Inc., operator of the consumer brand, Flow” – Barbados Today Once again the […]
The news Cable & Wireless has acquired Columbus has generated a lot of discussion across the Caribbean. How it translates in Barbados – if the Fair Training Commission agrees – the local Internet/broadband market will revert to a monopoly with a merger of LIME and FLOW. Barbadian consumers were promised competition in a deregulated telecommunications […]
Submitted by Anthony Davis LIME is assuming that every household has a computer or smartphone. There are many people who cannot afford any of the two. There are also the poor, the needy, and the vulnerable, and many old age pensioners who will NOT be able to pay any additional fees at this time. This […]
Submitted by Anthony Davis Minister of Commerce Danville Inniss says he is not troubled by the proposed merger of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International Inc., which trade here as LIME and FLOW respectively. However, an issue which is of great importance and should be addressed, he said, was the lack of regulation […]
Submitted by Anthony Davis “The battle for the number one spot in Barbados’ lucrative telecommunications market is back on. Former monopoly provider Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) today served notice that it will not ‘roll over’ and play dead while its main competitor Digicel continues its expansion.” – Barbados Today 6 November 2014 They have […]
Supported Anton Brathwaite My father’s LIME telephone has been out of order for the past 36 hours due to a technical fault at LIME. All telephones carried on fibre optic were out of order when the fault first started but some have been restored. I called at 10 pm Barbados time on Wednesday to report […]
Submitted by St.George’s Dragon Lime appears to have made a botch of the transfer of their email system over to Googlemail. All users were mean to be transferred over to Googlemail as of 16th September (today) but everyone I talk to says their email is down. Can anyone enlighten us as to what is happening […]
The following was received from a trusted source and BU adds its voice to the query. – Barbados Underground “It is alleged that a Canadian who has Barbados citizenship is living in Barbados and being paid out of Cayman and not paying a cent of taxes to the Barbados Government. Her name is apparently J*****er […]
BU has been asked to highlight the fact that RBC has started to retrench workers in Bahamas. Ever since RBC acquired the assets of RBTT in 2007 interested observers have been waiting for the hammer to drop on staff as a result. When two business entities come together there is always an inevitable result. The […]
Many years ago some questions were asked about the circumstances which led to the award of an insurance contract by the Transport Board (TB) to CGI Insurance. Although the questions were put to former Minister of Transport Rommel Marshall at the time, he or the government he represented never felt compelled to answer the taxpayers […]