LTA’s New Tariff a ‘Burden’ on Consumers

first_imgThe National Association of Telecommunications & ICT Consumers (NATELCO) is suggesting that the US$0.05 tariff (fee) required of telecommunications service providers by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), for all outgoing international calls, contravenes all processes and procedures as enshrined in the LTA Consultation Process Guidelines. According to the consumers’ group, the new regulation is too abrupt, burdensome and unacceptable. On July 31 this year, the LTA through its board chair, Angelique Weeks, issued an order establishing regulatory surcharges for both incoming and outgoing international voice traffic. The order took effect 30 days from the date of issuance, which was the end of August, 2015. According to the terms of the regulation, all international calls from Liberia shall incur a regulatory surcharge of US$0.05 per minute to be paid to the LTA by the originating service provider. Telecommunications operators have said that the surcharge will have to be borne completely by consumers. The LTA Consultation Process Guidelines require that, “prior to issuing of any order or any exercise of its authority that is likely to have any substantial impact on network operators, service providers, any other market participant or the general public, the LTA shall conduct a process of public consultation appropriate to the circumstances and shall take account of the results of the public consultation in the final exercise of its authority.”It states further that, at the conclusion of the consultation process, the LTA shall publish a brief report on the results. “Unfortunately, all of these steps were not taken into consideration prior to the issuance of the order to increase the tariff,” said chairman of NATELCO, Bartholomew Wilson.He described the newly introduced US$0.05 tariff (fee) as a “burden” on mobile-phone users, which customers will pay to service providers on all international calls from Liberia. In a press statement issued yesterday, Mr. Wilson called on the LTA to revisit its recent decision regarding the added tariff for outgoing international voice calls. “What concerns us most is the manner and form in which this regulation was issued and the overall trickle-down effect it is sure to pose on the over 2 million consumers, that majority survive on overseas support from family members and relatives especially during difficult times like these,” Mr. Wilson said.He continued, “We all know the economic burden the Ebola crisis has incurred on the livelihood of our people; in a country where there is complete economic devastation, with basic institutional collapse. The least we want to see is any regulation/order that will not add to the suffering of the people who are still striving to recover from a period of chaos and hardship.”He explained further that his group will continue to speak against any such regulation that will undermine the interest of the consuming populace.Mr. Wilson is convinced the LTA’s order “is an indirect attempt to impose financial burden on consumers,” who will ultimately bear the burden of the new regulation, which contradicts the preamble of the Consumers’ Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights states that, “the LTA maintains that the consumer is King and that it is the obligation of all service providers to respect and uphold their rights.”He meanwhile called on the LTA, the National Legislature, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and all service providers to immediately suspend the implementation of the order until a proper consultation is carried out.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tottenham predicted line-up to face Fulham

first_img 4 4 Can Kane score in August? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Most Popular Premier League News 4 possible standings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops Tottenham encounter Fulham in their first home match of the 2018/19 season.The game will be played at Wembley Stadium, as Spurs’ new home is not yet ready to host the side and won’t be for some time. gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? revealed predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 4 smart causal Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Mauricio Pochettino’s men won their opener at Newcastle 2-1 last week, despite an unconvincing performance.Meanwhile, Fulham were beaten 2-0 at home by Crystal Palace, and will be looking to bounce back at the country’s national stadium. Sissoko is yet to win over the North London supporters Here’s talkSPORT’s predicted line-up: Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware changes The match, which is a 3pm kick off on Saturday, could see a change in the Tottenham midfield as fan frustrations with Moussa Sissoko were fully justified against the Magpies.It is expected Mousa Dembele will now return to Spurs’ starting XI after his late return from the World Cup prevented him from doing so last week. Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are also back in contention, according to Mauricio Pochettino. Some have speculated that Mauricio Pochettino may return to a back three against Fulham, bringing in Toby Alderweireld to start while also swapping Ben Davies and Serge Aurier for Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.However, it seems unlikely that the Argentinian will change the side’s shape so drastically so soon.It must be said that if Trippier is fit enough, he could take Aurier’s position regardless. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It is unclear how Mauricio Pochettino will set up his defence against Fulhamlast_img read more