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BL&P: Blame telecoms too


BL&P: Blame telecoms too
BL&P regulatory administrator Kim Griffith-Tang How. (FILE)

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Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) says it should not be solely blamed for the estimated 200 poles which fell during the passage of Hurricane Elsa last week.

As it continues to repair damage to the electrical power grid following Elsa, which has left thousands without electricity for a week and counting, BL&P is raising concerns about the practices of telecommunication companies.

Yesterday, its regulatory administrator Kim Griffith-Tang How said the untidy wiring of some telecoms companies had been providing a challenge.

“We have observed that there are some untidy telecommunication lines on our poles and this is no secret. This is very concerning to us and it is something that I believe, after reflecting over the last few days, that we really need to revisit and engage the telecom providers on the infrastructure on our poles and how this impacts our poles and our ability to provide the service to our customers,” said Griffith-Tang How.

She was part of a virtual press briefing to update the media on the power restoration effort. A further 1 500 customers had their power back within the last 24 hours, bringing the outstanding total down to 9 500 customers. (CLM)

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