Costa Rican Congress passes bill to open telecoms
A bill that opens telecommunications to competition passed its second and last reading in the Costa Rican Congress. The controversial bill forms part of the requisites for complying with the free trade agreement with the United States.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The bill passed by a 35-14 majority, with eight legislators absent. It opens Internet and wireless telephony to competition; to far they have been a state monopoly exercised by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.
Costa Rica businesses are insisting that they be granted the necessary permits for installation of cell phone towers that will enable quality communication services.
The Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel) will host an informative meeting with companies interested in obtaining a frequency for mobile telephony services.
A three month delay in the market opening process will prevent the entrance of competitors expected for mid 2010.
The telecommunications monopoly that the government's Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) exercised for five decades has finally been overthrown.
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