Eldri Ferguson-Mackey, BTC Northern Vice President delivered updates on the Grand Bahama Telecommunications Restorations post-Hurricane Matthew at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lucaya at Ruby Swiss Restaurant on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
Extensive damages were sustained island-wide as a result of Hurricane Matthew however, Ferguson-Mackey revealed that as soon as it was deemed safe, BTC technicians began working diligently to restore all telecommunication services provided by the trusted business.
According to Ferguson-Mackey, “Over the course of the past five and a half months BTC embarked on an ambitious agenda to restore network services provided on Grand Bahama.
“We wanted to restore all buildings and grounds of BTC ensuring we extend our reach in the community be it through enterprise or entrepreneurial opportunities as well as through civic, cultural and educational engagement.
“As it relates to restoration of network service I am pleased to report that everything is 100 percent restored and now the BTC Teams are working on our new ‘Fiber to the Home Network,’ which we expect to be delivered at the end of the year (2017) with Grand Bahama being fully fiberized and any smaller veins and pockets remaining that lack the upgrade would be completed by early 2018.
“The restoration of BTC buildings was also an ambitious feat however, we would have managed to restore at minimum all of our major establishments at Lucaya, Mackenzie Street, Settler’s Way, Eight Mile Rock and improvements to West End.
“The BTC Team also made significant improvements in the western and eastern districts of the island and many would notice that BTC in West End has been fully renovated post-Hurricane Matthew and for the first time a franchise store was established providing residents the opportunity to purchase products and services in the community without ever having to travel to Freeport.
“Furthermore in the next two weeks BTC Eight Mile Rock which has also been fully renovated bringing to bear new opportunities there too, once it is reopened.”
The northern vice president also noted that BTC has opened a total of seven franchise stores throughout Abaco (Hope Town, Guana Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Grand Cay and Green Turtle Cay), as well as one in Pinder’s Point, Grand Bahama and attention is expected to be keenly placed on East Grand Bahama.
Upgrades, renovations and improvements have already begun to take shape in Sweeting’s Cay and McLean’s Town that now enjoy high-speed Internet broadband width and services enabling residents there to watch FlowTV television.
Initiatives involving sports, culture and community development has been deeply engrained in the BTC Team revealed Ferguson-Mackey, who noted, “We have been working to improve a lot of the local programs, partnering with various civic organizations and community-minded individuals sponsoring the Baseball Nationals, Goombay Summer Festival and the upcoming Grand Bahama Regatta.
“Again we took on quite an ambitious agenda and within the next six months we intend to work with our teams in Bimini, ensuring that improvements are made to the festival and sporting venues too.
“My civic roots began in the Kiwanis Club coming up through its various club levels from Kiwanettes right to a full-fledged Kiwanian; BTC is working to ensure that we support civic organizations partnering with the Rotary Club and others because communities are made of people and these organizations have a mandate and charter to improve the communities around them.
“You can see that they are working diligently, helping along the lines of education, culture, youth development and health so it is important for BTC to forge the right relationships and for us it is not lip service as we are always willing to work with those that will roll-up their sleeves, get in there and do the work like the Rotary Club and Kiwanis.”
Kyle Smith, Rotary Club of Lucaya President thanked Ferguson-Mackey for the update and expressed sincere gratitude for partnering with the organization in service to the Grand Bahama community especially as it relates to the organization SECME students.
He notes he looks forward to increased support as time rolls on and encourages other businesses and organizations to step up remembering that Grand Bahama and The Bahamas at large is our country and BTC is doing a fabulous job in giving back and providing aid.