Dehring takes satellite internet service to rural Portland community

Mr. Bombastic, Shaggy, recently journeyed to Portland to support his longtime friend Chris Dehring as the CEO launched ReadyTV’s, ReadyNet internet service, in Mullet Hall in the eastern parish.

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The magic of Satellite Internet.. Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.

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It was the first time residents of the deep rural community had the opportunity to witness satellite internet in the community.

“I’m honoured to be a part of this…and I salute the ReadyTV/ReadyNet team on their hard work and brilliant execution,” Shaggy posted on his Instagram page, following the launch.  Shaggy is one of the directors of ReadyTV, as well as billionaire Michel Lee-Chin, who is the single-largest shareholder in the company.

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Wanna take time to big up my Bredrin: @chris.dehring CEO of #ReadyTV and @katiadehring on the launch of #ReadyNet last Thursday in Mullet Hall Portland … for the 1st time Residents had the opportunity to witness satellite internet in this rural community’ I’m honored to be apart of this’ and salute the #ReadyTV/ ReadyNet team on their hard work and brilliant execution. Also wanna take time out to big up Cass. Casanova! On his genius and leadership. This venture is very important to the development of jamaica. #ReadyTv and the Ready team is doing an excellent job leading Jamaica to the 1st world in technology. It’s not just important to provide fast and reliable internet to these rural areas … it’s also very important that it’s affordable! …as demonstrated by the two young ladies at the launch in Mullet Hall ( Shilo and Rickayla) ..it would cost Shilo who lives in Kingston $2,500 JA dollars a month, including GOJ fees, but would cost Rickayla who lives in Mullet Hall Port Antonio $25,000 JA dollars a month including GOJ fees to get the same and Internet package, it’s great that the Ready Net Team is working along side the Jamaican Govt., to try and make it affordable for all. Special thanx to Hon. Daryl Vaz M.P. For Portland and Hon. Fayval Williams, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, And Therese Turner-Jones of the Inter-American Development Bank and Judy Green of the International Finance Corporation/World Bank for their hard work and support .. and the ReadyTv team and Ready tv commandos. Well done!

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“This venture is very important to the development of Jamaica.   ReadyTV and the Ready team is doing an excellent job leading Jamaica to the first world in technology.   It’s not just important to provide fast and reliable internet to these rural areas… it’s also very important that it’s affordable!” the Grammy award-winning superstar noted.

It’s not just important to provide fast and reliable internet to these rural areas… it’s also very important that it’s affordable!”

— Shaggy, Grammy award-winning entertainer

The project came out of the ReadyTV directors’ recognition of the disparity in internet access between rural and urban areas. According to Dehring, the internet solution will provide all Jamaicans with affordable high-speed unshared internet.  At present, the company says, there is a huge disparity between children in Kingston who pay $2,500 for internet versus those in rural areas that will have to pay $25,000 in government taxes PLUS service fees to access the same internet.  

Also singing ReadyTV’s praises was Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw who bragged about the intervention on social media.

“Satellite internet will soon be commercially available to rural villages and remote farmers. High-speed broadband internet will drastically improve greenhouse farming, research, innovation and communication!” he noted.