The court's declaration means the Costa Rican government must ensure that the whole population can access these new technologies.
Magistrates argued that, "nowadays, public availability of new technology is crucial to enabling people to exercise basic human rights such as democratic participation, education and freedom of speech," reports Nacion.com.
Teófilo de la Torre, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, commented that the government will have to review its plans for developing the country's telecommunications.
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Starting this week the company will offer its own Internet connection service, after years of carrying Racsa’s service through its cable network.
Both companies, Amnet and Radiografica Costarricense S.A. (Racsa), landed an agreement under which each customer will decide with which company they want to stay.
There are 14 companies that have already requested authorization from the Telecommunications Superintendent to offer services.
Mercedes Agüero in an article in Nacion.com reported that some of the new applicants are: “Fibrotel SA, Karl del Este Investments, Publicidad and Internet Group Inc., Credit Car Services Ltd., Empresarios Limonenses Unidos (United Entrepreneurs from Limon) Agathrush and Call Me Way," and that "the Administrative Board of Cartago Electrical Services (JASEC) is also attempting to break into the telecommunications market with Internet and cable television services."
In accordance with the new legislation that came into effect, WorldCom presented to the SUTEL its request to operate a telecommunication network
Elfinancierocr.com reports on its website: "Worldcom had announced that it will offer wireless connections from 1 Mbps to 12 Mbps for between $100 and $170 per month."
These two companies, along with WorldCom, are the first three to request authorization from Sutel to offer telecommunications services.
Mercedes Aguero writes in an article on Nacion.com: "According to the new law which regulates the telecommunications sector, any company that offers services for which they receive payment must have the approval of Sutel.