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August - September 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica


he University of Technology, Jamaica on Wednesday, July 19, 201,

formally presented the final report of a consultancy research project

undertaken for the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, examining

the regulatory treatment of small cable operators in Jamaica.

The project, Research on the Regulatory Treatment of Small Cable

Operators, was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team led by Dr. Valoris

Smith, Lecturer, College of Business and Management (COBAM), Mr.

Sydney Lowrie, Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, and

external attorney-at-law, Mr. Okeeto DaSilva. UTech, Jamaica was selected

by the Broadcasting Commission in 2016 to participate in a competitive bid

to undertake the research work.

Dr. Smith explained that the research was undertaken to provide findings

and to make recommendations to the Broadcasting Commission on how the

Subscriber Television (STV) operators within Jamaica should be regulated in

relation to a tiered regulatory system. The main focus of the research was

on regulatory treatment of small STV cable operators. The research included

analysing large, medium and small STV operators with a view to considering

a broader regulatory strategy to help to mature the STV industry. Currently,

Jamaica does not have a tiered regulatory STV system.

UTech, Jamaica Presents Report on “Research on

Regulatory Treatment of Small Cable Operators” to

Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica

President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD (left) presents a copy of the final report

on a consultancy project completed by UTech, Ja. researchers on The Regulatory

Treatment of Small Cable Operators commissioned by the Broadcasting Commission

of Jamaica, to Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Anthony Clayton. The findings and

recommendations from the research project were presented at a special meeting

held at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine campus on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Members of the UTech, Jamaica and Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica teams (from left) - Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD

President, UTech, Ja., Prof. Anthony Clayton, Chairman, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, Mr. Cordell Green, Executive

Director, Broadcasting Commission, Miss Jodi-Ann Jackson, Project Manager, Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Valoris Smith,

Lecturer, COBAM and project lead researcher, Mr. Sydney Lowrie, Lecturer, FELS and communication specialist on the

research team, and Mr. Okeeto DaSilva, Attorney-at-law and legal consultant on the research project team.