El Salvador Postpones Implementation of New Telephone Tariffs
Congressmen extend by nine months the coming into effect of new tariffs.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Elsalvador.com writes, "Lawmakers of all political parties approved in April of this year an amendment to Article 8 of the Telecommunications Act which reduced the charge to $ 6.14 and calls to $ 0.21 per minute (both costs without VAT), but the Superintendence of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) has not created a chart with the maximum prices for fixed and mobile telephones, which would allow to reduce the basic rate, according to committee members of Congress´s Economy Commission. The extension request made by the Siget which creates delay in implementing the new rates will cause inconvenience to users.
The Economy Commission of the Legislative Assembly agreed to reduce the basic fee in 35%, setting the new rate at $6.12 plus VAT.
They agreed to a reduced basic fee, but in turn request changes in how fees are applied when calling from landlines to mobile ones.
Fixed residential telephony will drop 26% and the minimum rate for post-paid landlines will be $6.94.
In El Salvador, many argue if Congress should establish the basic rate of fixed telephony.
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