25 April 2014

Liberia: LTA to Revoke Licenses

The Liberia Telecommunication Authority or LTA says it will embark on the process of revoking licenses of various radio stations in the country that are operating illegally.

Commissioner Anthony McCarty said since four months now, some service providers failed to contact the LTA, noting that the Liberia telecommunication Authority was moving ahead to revoke the licenses of institutions and entities not in conformity with its regulations.

Speaking to group of reporters at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism during its regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Mr. McCarty said: " the nation frequency is a scarce and limited resources; and because it is both scarce and limited, because we at the LTA have to be good stewards of assigning frequencies to those who are willing to stay current in their payments to the government of Liberia, the effectiveness is measured by those who adhere to our regulations those on our waiting-list willing to pay for frequencies," he said.

He noted that his institution would notify every service provider with an assigned spectrum frequency, through written correspondence in November and subsequently, warned that the LTA will take drastic action against delinquent operators, including the revoking of licenses.

Commissioner McCarty noted that Licenses and Regulation Department or the (LRD) is the LTA's arm responsible for the issuance of licenses, regulations, due diligence and economic regulatory analysis that market the research of monitoring every activities of the entity.

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