About Consultation Papers

Consultations are generally offered to ensure that proper input is obtained from industry stakeholders in the design of regulation and policy. Consultations may not be a standard practice on St. Maarten, however this Bureau is of the opinion that consultations are a crucial element of its preparatory process in designing and proposes new and/or revised regulations and policies to the Government of St. Maarten. Consultations allow for a better industry insight and the collaboration of minds and opinions will drive a better end product that answers to the needs of a society.


Consultations are however only effective when:

  • proper participation is encountered;
  • participants voice their opinion and make vital suggestion on the changes they would like to see in the consultation document.


A consultation round is lost when participants solely critique a document based on an assumption that:

  • The proposed document will take on a certain legal format, whilst such a format is not placed on consultation or confirmed as being the format in which the document will be presented to Government;
  • The proposed document is based on known and available legislation, whilst such an indication is not provided and the document is than viewed against an incorrect backdrop;
  • The consultation is to be used to critique and that such a critique on its own will result in the document not being presented to the Government.
  • The purpose of a consultation is attained and maximized when stakeholders view the document provided, critique and provide suggestion to improve or alter the basis of the document on review, and where there is doubt ask the pertinent questions instead of being guided by assumptions. The Bureau will continue to post all documentation in preparation for submission to Government, as it relates to regulation and policies on consultation and shall continue to invite stakeholders to contribute towards the design of such regulation and policy.


Consultations allow for transparent and effective creation of regulations and policies.

Who are we?

Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) is the independent regulatory authority for the Telecommunications and Post industry in St. Maarten.
BTP is responsible for the maintenance of a competitive environment in St. Maarten in the industries with which it is tasked to regulate.
BTP executes its tasks through consultations with industry participants and stakeholders, focused on attaining quality and affordable communications for all, working towards establishing an environment that support continuous growth and development within the industries. Read more