Caddle offers free Wi-Fi to St Michael South Central

As campaigning for the next general election intensifies, political newcomer Marsha Caddle is counting on the net to gain her votes in her quest to defeat the incumbent Richard Sealy in St Michael South Central.

Caddle, an economist who quit her job at the Caribbean Development Bank to vie for a chance to represent the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the constituency, had her first taste of electoral victory in October last year when she defeated perennial BLP candidate David Gill for the nomination. An upset Gill has since switched allegiance to the United Progressive Party, a fledgling party led by former BLP senator Lynette Eastmond.

However, Caddle faces a much sterner test in the general election against Sealy, the Minister of Tourism, who had held the seat for close to 15 years, and who roundly defeated Gill 2,231votes  to 1,967 in 2013.

As part of her campaign, the BLP hopeful has launched an ambitious project to make Internet service available to constituents free of cost.

“We’re starting with these communities. We have four access points across this part of Carrington Village. Next week we will be launching in Britton’s Hill, and as we go forward we intend to roll out to more communities in St Michael South Central,” she said at a meeting at Aubrey Grant Pavilion at Gully Hill, Carrington Village, where residents were already benefiting from the project dubbed Open South Central in its “pilot stage”.

“We’re just starting slowly but we’re going to roll out . . . open and free Internet access across the constituency,” she said.

“It is about being able to help young and old people find opportunities, strengthen their businesses, reach the world in such a way that they can market themselves.”

Additionally, she said residents “can benefit from a lot of the educational tools and platforms that are available on the Internet [which] they can integrate better into their communities, into their country, into their region and into the rest of the world”.

Caddle said she would seek corporate funding to support the project, stating there was a need for such a service despite the fact that Barbados has “reasonable levels of penetration when it comes to Internet access.

“These are very difficult times in this country, and a lot of the access that we once had and we’ve taken for granted we find that we no longer have,” she said.

42 Responses to Caddle offers free Wi-Fi to St Michael South Central

  1. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton November 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

    “Corned beef and biscuits” now gone to Wi Fi WTF……

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  2. Meakai November 29, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Very few young people eat corned beef and biscuits. Very few young people can live without wifi.

    Different times, different strategies, but same outcome.
    Vote and guh long bout yuh bizness til we ready fuh wunna

    Don’t call us, we will call you. Thanks for voting!.

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  3. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie November 29, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Seriously ?

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  4. Poster Man
    Poster Man November 29, 2017 at 2:41 am

    cmon Froons….lol do that in the bayland nuh

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  5. Michael Warner
    Michael Warner November 29, 2017 at 2:59 am

    is this what they have to offer wow

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  6. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf November 29, 2017 at 3:48 am

    All o wunnuh gine still drive down dey and use um. Wifi wifi wifi.. I love that gimmick… Roads and WiFi!

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    • Debra Johnson King
      Debra Johnson King November 29, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Modern day cornbeef and biscuits?

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    • Empress November 30, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Dont drive and whatsapp hear

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  7. RD November 29, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Just can’t please a Bajan.

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  8. Spice Isnice
    Spice Isnice November 29, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Innovative! Municipal Wi-Fi! Boss move Caddle! Love it!

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    • Niel Harper
      Niel Harper November 29, 2017 at 5:40 am

      What she is suggesting is not municipal Wi-Fi. Municipal Wi-Fi is not as simple, and includes frequency and propagation planning, power considerations, erection of masses (which involves government permission), etc. I think the idea is good, but 4 access points won’t cover an entire constituency, and if not installed and managed properly will lead to connectivity nightmares and even affect some home networks (adjacent channel interference).

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    • Spice Isnice
      Spice Isnice November 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Still innovative! Still love it! I’m vegan (no cornbeef please). I just need a iPad from Sealy now!

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    • Niel Harper
      Niel Harper November 29, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Lololol

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  9. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde November 29, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Wuhloss fuh a X ah tell yuh! Tells you what people feel or think about us.

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  10. archy perch November 29, 2017 at 4:33 am

    She learning fast the crooked Barbados Party tactics…..
    Who will pay the bills when she looses ????
    Could this be considered under the category “BUYING VOTES”!
    Interesting. Hummmmm

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  11. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard November 29, 2017 at 4:41 am

    what foolish is this now, ppl get free wi-fi

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  12. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens November 29, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Free WI FI?? I’ve been hearing that talk about the entire island. But it will never happen. The rich have to keep getting richer and the poor poorer.

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  13. Richelle Nurse
    Richelle Nurse November 29, 2017 at 5:35 am

    An insult to the people,,, this is what they think of you!!!!!!

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  14. Niel Harper
    Niel Harper November 29, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Barbados has more than reasonable Internet penetration. We have a 105% penetration on mobile and almost 90% on fixed broadband. I see what she is trying to do and it is commendable, but I wonder if she fully understands what she is committing to in terms of ongoing effort and financing.

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    • 3rdsun November 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

      All it takes is opening up of the current router for free access, whoever owns it. And since community centers have internet access, dat ez.

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  15. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis November 29, 2017 at 5:55 am

    When you all running about looking for a free WiFi and some stores and businesses offering free WiFi I don’t hear no-one saying those business offering a gimmick

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  16. Sophia Foster
    Sophia Foster November 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

    U got give more than free wifi to beat sealy stupse

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  17. Kaidy Grazette
    Kaidy Grazette November 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Lololol lololololol this is funny so St.Micheal worth free WiFi? You mean to tell me unemployment on a rise and its free Wi-Fi that is being offered … tsk

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    • Niel Harper
      Niel Harper November 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

      I see you didn’t read the article or fully grasp what Marsha is saying. Free connectivity is a way for people to create their own jobs or expand the markets for their existing products or services. It also allows people access to information that can help them educate themselves, make themselves more marketable or improve on their products. It’s the democratization of information which is the objective (not just free Wi-Fi). #readandunderstand #dontjustcriticize

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    • Joan Crawford
      Joan Crawford November 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Neil the people areplain old stupid

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  18. Sheron Inniss November 29, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I want a million dollars. Thank you.

    This is what Bim coming to. Lol.

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  19. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne November 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Seriously, that is your answer to all the problems facing this Country, girl wrong move.

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  20. Niel Harper
    Niel Harper November 29, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I realize that many of those commenting didn’t read the article or fully grasp what Marsha is saying. Free connectivity is a way for people to create their own jobs or expand the markets for their existing products or services. It also allows people access to information that can help them educate themselves, make themselves more marketable or improve on their products. It’s the democratization of information which is the objective (not just free Wi-Fi). Community wireless networks are a proven method for economic transformation around the world, so let’s not just dismiss what she is saying. #readandunderstand #dontjustcriticize

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    • Spice Isnice
      Spice Isnice November 29, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Exactly! An equalizer!

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    • Ras November 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Neil why she don’t deal with the Pit Toilets she had no Idea was in St Michael South Central. That should be her and BLP priority
      How long the Free WiFi going to be until elections
      What a Gimmick

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  21. Greengiant November 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Catching at straws in political mileage. She’s trying to win the votes of the many first time voters in this constituency who live on social media.

    She has done her homework on the poling categories and ratios in the constituency. She sees this as an easy percentage generation at the polls. She’s opening a can of worms financially, and will have to promise payment to the piper. Who pays the piper? The people obviously. She’s an economist, she knows how to manipulate figures, against numbers. In this 21st century, nobody resigns their job at the CDB to help the masses, they do so for financial gain. Greater earning (political opportunities).

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  22. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    MORNING MARSHA, LISTEN !!!! U GOT BETTER SENSE THAN THAT..U CAN BEAT SEALY, BUT LEAVE OUT THOSE LITTLE DO DOOS THAT WILL ONLY UPSET PEOPLE…..PLEASE SPEAK RESPONSIBLE AS U ALWAYS DO..WITH LUV FROM ALI Ali Baba

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  23. Bajan boy November 29, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Neil you knocking your head against a concrete block. Bajans are ungrateful cun#$. Hadn’t they been,there would never have been a change of government in 2008 after all that the BLP had done to improve not only our standard of living but quality of life. We got some hungry DEM who are most unprogressive and iliterate . That is exactly why Freubde l Stuart can behave so classless and uncaring..

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    • Mark My Word November 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Bajun Girl there should not have been a change of Government in 1976
      From the time BLP under Tom Adams went to the IMF Barbados was in a tail spin, Then enter Owen Arthur build the Coast Guard station with NIS money, Build a Prison that the Taxpayers of Barbados Leasing and hoping to own someday, build a landfill down Greenland that cost over $30 million and to this day a landfill can’t be found in Greenland but $30 million get spend, join up with questionable people and extend the highway, only the lord knows final payment, give a contract to Barrack that end up in court, Barrack was awarded 30 somebody million dollars Arthur BLP challenge the judgement and now got the DLP to pay out 100 and somebody million dollars and that is part of how Barbados get to this stage believe it or not the Facts are there.
      The Golden shower in silver sands that Ms Ting husband build and cost plenty plenty money and all them kind of things there drag Barbados down to the ground and it cant catch back itself.

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  24. Mark My Word November 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Bwoy thee Pit Toilet woman on a role
    She clean up the Gully Hill now free WiFi

    I thought She would of been replacing thee Pit toilets as a Priority
    Ah hope yuh cud get back yuh job at job at the Caribbean Development Bank when elections done.

    Poor Marsha
    Carrington Village belongs to David Gill

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  25. Kathy November 29, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Lady, you should have never quit your good job at the CBD to be apart of this mess. But I am wondering, how long will you be paying for this “free WIFI” since nothing in this life is free and I know the service provider aint giving it for free? Just asking.

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  26. Lisa November 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Marsha don’t mind the people that talking. Carrington village does not belong to David Gill. Mr .Gill hand delivered letters to persons stating that he belong to the CAP party. Now in a recent paper he saying he gone to the UPP. There are only a very few people in Carrington village with pit toilets. When persons are in town running from store to store to see who have free WiFi, we have it as we walk in our community.

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  27. Lisa November 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Marsha don’t mind the people that talking. Carrington village does not belong to David Gill. Mr .Gill hand delivered letters stating that he belong to the CAP party, then in the paper recently he gone to the UPP. There are only a few people in Carrington village with pit toilets. when them in town running from store to store to see who have free WiFi, we have it as we walk in our community.

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  28. Dr. Black Diamond November 30, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I now can conclude , that some of us Bajans are indeed very very very ungrateful and bias, all it takes is for you to read and understand the whole article, didn’t we had free education?…Study it .

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