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Saturday 20 April 2019
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TATT must try to regulate cable rates

THE EDITOR: I would like to know what the Telecommunications Authority of TT (TATT) is doing about the recent regular increases in cable and internet rates. One provider has increased its prices twice in one year, with the new increase due next month.

Last month when these companies suffered a small decrease in profits they started grasping at straws, blaming the use of Android boxes as the reason. Immediately, TATT became active and begun talks to regulate the use of the boxes. Where is the evidence to support this claim?

What TATT and these cable companies fail to realise is there are more important factors that contribute to reducing profits than the Android box. What about the same shows being aired over and over again? Or when you sit down to watch a programme and realise that you have to subscribe to another channel? So what’s the use of having cable then?

These two problems, coupled with the regular price increases, are the source of reduced profits, not the Android boxes.

Finally, it would be nice if these cable and internet companies could state whether or not their profits have increased when it comes to the internet. As we all know, the functioning of an Android box is dependent on high-speed internet.

So, it would be wonderful if TATT could be fair to the people of TT and try to “regulate” cable prices. After all, there are no increases in salaries for the people.

L ROOPNARINE via e-mail

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