Perhaps to the shock of those who wholeheartedly justified the new regulations on mobile and CDMA phones, it looks as if Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has decided ‘National Security’ can be compromised for another eight months. You still can afford not having a piece of paper (aka a license) to carry your phone through a check point.
We do not know how many terrorists will take advantage of TRCSL’s ‘flexibility’ or why TRCSL wanted to back off if that move were so essential for security reasons. All we know is this (temporary?) backing off will help at least one third of the population – those who don’t own the phones they use – at the bottom of the pyramid. Now a poor woman in Dehiwala can use the phone of her husband without risking an arrest.
We also see this as an example of what a timely policy intervention can achieve. Response by LIRNEasia – among others – even after the formal announcements of the regulations has made at least TRCSL rethink.
Your response might make them rethink even more. According to what their site says Director General of TRCSL can be accessed by the mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Faxes can be sent to +94-11-2689341 and just dialing 1900 from any phone will connect you to them. Please let them know what you think about the proposed regulations.