“The reasons for falling subscription models are not only due to piracy but due to changing habits from consumers, especially more internet savvy ones who want
– to have choices on what to watch from online services like YouTube and Netflix.
– to have choice on what device they want to watch be it their
television, computer, mobile phone or tablet
– to decide when they want to watch content and be able to pause and resume watching content when they want.
– having more choices other than just watching TV or online content (browsing/posting to social media, playing online games)
The appeal of paying for subscriber TV to watch a subset of TV channels with ads and to be constrained by the schedule of what TV channels are broadcasting at specific times isn’t likely to appeal to Internet savvy users.
The success of Netflix shows that persons are willing to pay for content, as well as persons buying video content from services like Apple or watch ads when watching online video from services like YouTube.
The proliferation of cinema megacomplexes in Trinidad and Tobago also point to persons that are willing to pay to watch the latest movie releases.
TATT should therefore NOT impose protectionist measures to protect the business models offered by subscription TV industry.”
The purpose of this 63 page discussion paper is to examine “both sides of the net neutrality debate within the context of Trinidad and Tobago and proposes guiding principles and recommendations for net neutrality. The paper considers to what extent net neutrality regulation is desirable in an era of growing OTT applications and services, and proposes policy positions to this effect.”
Furthermore, the objectives of this paper are to:
i. explore the nature of OTT services as they relate to voice, media and messaging.
ii. present the key principles underlying both sides of the net neutrality debate.
iii. examine the policy issues relating to net neutrality and OTT services.
iv. propose guiding principles for net neutrality in Trinidad and Tobago.
v. make recommendations for the regulation of net neutrality and OTTs in Trinidad and Tobago.
IG101 will be an interactive session that introduces the key concepts, organisations and perspectives on Internet Governance, with content that will be sure to engage stakeholders from academic, business, legal, technical and other backgrounds. The IG101 event follows from the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF), and in response to TTIGF participant feedback
The event is free, however space is limited. To confirm your attendance, visit the TTMAG IG101 Eventbrite page to register online. Persons that register will be sent preparatory material for the IG101 event.
Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society Lime [Discussion paper on Android boxes] on **Wednesday ** July 4 2018 from 7 to 9:30 pm; please RSVP!
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Socierty will be having a lime on Wednesday July 4th 2018 from 7pm to 9:30 pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.
The objectives of this Dicussion Paper are to:
1. Introduce the concept of Android boxes, and their nature and prevalence within the Trinidad and Tobago market.
2. Assess the impact of Android boxes in Trinidad and Tobago from the service provider’s perspective.
3. Assess the impact of Android boxes in Trinidad and Tobago from the consumer’s perspective.
4. Present other countries’ approaches to the issue, especially with respect to its legality.
5. Identify the legislative remit of the Authority in addressing any issues related to Android boxes.
6. Present possible solutions and recommendations that may be undertaken by the Authority.