In a TV interview yesterday, I said that the new anti-sharing and certificate-carrying rules promulgated by the TRC would affect the poor disproportionately, because the rich could buy their children phones, while sharing was the only option for most Sri Lankans. Indeed, a special package for parents wanting to be in touch with their children in these uncertain times has been just announced (below).
But the question that a commenter raised on the other discussion thread is whether it is any longer possible to buy a mobile for your own child.
If a National ID is required to own a SIM, and the child does not have a NIC, it seems to follow that the child cannot have a mobile.
Has anyone studied the ramifications of the rule before running press notices? The Telecom Act contains provisions for public consultations so that the Commission can educate itself on issues before issuing rulings, and not look silly. Why have these elementary procedures not been followed?
Sri Lanka’s Dialog Telekom has started a mobile phone package for kids with child safety features, world filtering, restricted text messaging (SMS) and features to increase parental control over their child’s phone, the company said.