Kingston is not Jamaica!

Kingston is not Jamaica!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Thanks to columnist Garfield Higgins for a very good article in the Jamaica Observer on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Rural development has always been placed on the back burner, and its full time to change that.

Kingston is not Jamaica. It seems that most of our politicians, in both the Jamaica Labour Party and People's National Party, are yet to learn that.

More than half the population of 2.8 million Jamaicans live in rural Jamaica, yet we are under-represented in terms of economic development and opportunity, especially for the youth, who have to flee to Kingston or Montego Bay as soon as they finish high school.

Higgins touched a very important area that is causing a lot of underdevelopment in rural Jamaica. Internet browsing speeds and network availability are very poor in much of rural Jamaica. We should not still be struggling for cellular signals in 2019.

When I am in my house I can hardly make a cell call. The cell service keeps cutting off. I have to go outside to try and find a good spot so that I don't lose the call. Even at nights I have to do this.

We deserve better.

As for broadband connection, we do not have anything like “decent” fixed broadband service. We are stuck in the data slow lane and we are suffering.

How can Jamaica develop where only half the country has necessary cellular and broadband services?

I hope the Government will act to change this 'Kingston is Jamaica' belief.

George Kline


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