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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending March 8th, 2013

08 Mar

LIME BUILDS LEARNING NETWORK IN CARIBBEAN—03/02/13
The Caribbean Research and Education Network (CaribNET) built by LIME, is a broadband fiber-optic network designed to connect schools, hospitals, and other educational institutions to research platforms was introduced in Trinidad on February 28, 2013. It is intended to facilitate collaboration among the nations of the Caribbean and serves about 26 million people on 21 islands. These people now have access to high quality e-learning content at an affordable price.

CARICOM WORKSHOP TARGETS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STRATEGY—03/03/13
Stakeholders in the Caribbean energy sector met in Trinidad to exchange ideas about the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). This document is designed to guide CARICOM members’ progress in using renewable energy, as well as to establish efficiency goals. About 50 participants attended the workshop, which was held just before the 41st special ministerial meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Energy.

INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT LAUNCHED IN DOMINICA—03/05/13
Dominica is the latest among the Caribbean nations to implement an internet exchange point (IXP). Three of its local internet service providers (ISPs) joined with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) and the Packet Clearing House in the United States to launch DANIX. Now internet traffic that originates from one ISP in Dominica can terminate on the network of another local ISP without have to go through costly and long international routes.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT MADE PUBLIC IN DOMINICA—03/07/13
Authorities in Dominica have acquiesced to public pressure and made the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Roseau Valley geothermal project available to all for review. The EIA has been at the center of a protest by many people who have questioned the government’s investigation of the country’s geothermal potential. The Geothermal Awareness Committee in the Roseau Valley organized a protest outside Parliament to demand that the document be made public.

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