Cabinet Agrees that Broadband Services Being Offered Are Inadequate

The Minister responsible for Telecommunications has been called upon to give an assessment of the needs of the country within the next five years. The recent cabinet notes indicated that given the anticipated presence of the U.W.I. Fourth Landed Campus, the need for all Secondary Schools to be equipped with high-speed Internet, and for fiber-to-the-home to be ready for students and parents equally, the Minister indicated that getting up to 70 gigs was not an unreasonable goal for which the nation can aim. The Cabinet agreed that broadband services have become as necessary as running water, and that for businesses, government, universities and schools to be adequately served, the current serving is woefully inadequate. The Cabinet considered alternatives to an undersea cable.