The Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) is the line Ministry with responsibility for overseeing telecommunications regulation in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Public Administration acts as a key figurehead in approving recommendations sent forward by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TATT)
The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (‘the Authority’) TATT was established in July 2004 by the enactment of the Telecommunications Act 2001 Amended by 17 of 2004 as the independent regulatory body responsible for the transformation of the telecommunications sector from a virtual monopoly to a competitive environment.
The Authority is responsible not only for the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, but also for regulating both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, managing spectrum and number resources, establishing equipment and service quality standards, setting guidelines to prevent anti-competitive practices and encouraging investment in order to facilitate the availability of affordable telecommunications and broadcasting services to all.
The Authority is run by a Board of Directors consisting of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman and nine other members as appointed by the President. The Board oversees the activities of the Authority and appoints a Chief Executive Officer who manages the affairs of the Authority subject to the directions of the Board.