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Haiti: Opinion: Haiti’s telecom laws must be modernized

The framework of law governing the telecommunications sector dates back to 1977. During this period in Haiti’s history, the country was under the direct influence of a dictatorship. As a result, freedom of expression, personal privacy, and freedom from censorship were very limited for citizens. 

Since 1977, the laws regarding telecommunications have not been updated that much. And, to this day, people in Haiti can still see the effects of these laws, and of their dictatorial past. This has led to an underdeveloped telecommunication system in Haiti. 

Haiti lags behind most Caribbean countries when it comes to telecom technology development and use. But this can be changed if laws are revised, and the government takes the time to fully invest in this endeavor.

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