Costarican congress votes for telecoms market liberalisation
Congress yesterday approved in a first hearing the General Telecommunications Law, which opens the way to competition as part of the implementation of the free-trade agreement with the United States, Agencia EFE reports.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The bill was approved, by 39 votes to 13, with 52 of 57 congress members present. The second and last hearing will follow in the next few days. Congress first voted for the new telecoms legislation in February 2008, but because of a series of required amendments a second debate was fixed for 30 April.
The first reading of a bill to open up Costa Rica's telecommunications market was approved by legislators at the second time of asking.
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.
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Costa Rica's cellphone market was officially opened to competition, and multinationals are lining up to go into battle with the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) which has held a monopoly so far.
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