Telecommunications in the Eastern Caribbean: Policits, Policy, and Reform

Author: Theophile - LaFond, Anestine
Year:2015
Pages:204
ISBN:1-4955-0326-7
978-1-4955-0326-9
Price:179.95
This work seeks to add a perspective to the telecommunications discussion through the study of five poor, small islands in the Caribbean chain. The book contributes to needed research about economic globalization with specific focus on the telecommunication liberalization process in the Eastern Caribbean and the role of government and other major stakeholders. It is a well-researched, well referenced text suitable for scholars, practitioners, researchers and consultants alike.

Reviews

“… this book is the only one of its kind because of its rareness, its balance between practice and theory, and its in-depth analysis in content. To any person interested in the political economy of telecommunications liberalization process, this book is a MUST!”
-Dr. Gwang James Han,
Professor at CBNU, Korea


“The book offers a timely critical analysis of telecommunications industry in one of the Caribbean’s understudied regions, namely the smaller islands that comprise the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The primary thesis of the project is that forces of economic globalization, including European colonization and its aftermath, the policies of international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the IMF and World Bank and international trade mechanisms such as the WTO and GATS, have been inimical to the successful development of OECS economies.”
-Dr. Nickesia S. Gordon,
Associate Professor of Communications,
Barry University


“The book examines the role of the telecommunication industry as it applies to the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) since the post-independence period... Private capital meant the adoption of foreign investment with its emphasis on money making and less so on social development in the islands… most governments “were forced to refinance their foreign debts, devalue their currency and reduce government spending” on social matters even for the old… it has fueled social inequalities and unemployment.”
-Dr. Selwyn H.H. Carrington,
Professor of History,
Howard University


Table of Contents

ANALYTICAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1.
INTRODUCTION

Theories that Apply
Sugar/Banana/Tourism
Political Economy of Eastern Caribbean
Globalization and Telecommunications
Chapter 2.
METHODOLOGY

The Case Study Design
Similar Systems Design
Chapter 3.
THE HISTORY OF CABLE AND WIRELESS IN THE OECS

Impetus for Change
The Marpin Case
Cable and Wireless in Grenada
Cable and Wireless in St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Lucia
Cable and Wireless in St. Vincent & Grenadines
Change in the Telecommunications Industry
Dependency and Influence in Telecommunications Reform
Negotiation Battle with Cable & Wireless
The Letter of Agreement
The Monopoly Ends
Chapter 4.
THE ECTEL MODEL AND ITS EARLY IMPACT

The model at work
Elements of the Regulatory Process
Impact of liberalization on Telecommunications Industry
Chapter 5.
OUTCOMES, IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

Answering the questions
Implications
Conclusions
Appendices 1-12
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX