The government aims to update the $6 a year license for concessionaires of radio and television frequencies which has been in effect since 1954, while employers fear a reallocation of spectrum.
The draft bill proposes an increase in the rates for radio and television based on the number of frequencies held by the concessionaire, the type of coverage, the use to be given and the type of diffusion, national or rural. Currently a maximum of $5.60 is paid per year for one band and concessions arel automatically extended as long as tax payments are up to date.
Radio stations in Costa Rica are opposing a bill that would force them to give free advertising space to political parties.
The proposal, made by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE by its initials in Spanish), would mean that radio and television stations would have to provide free 30 minute slots a day for political parties in Costa Rica for them to broadcast propaganda. This proposal was discussed and rejected by the board of the National Radio Chamber (Canara), which groups together some 80 radio stations.
In Compliance with the FTA, the Government sent Congress draft legislation that criminalizes the infringement of intellectual property rights.
As part of the framework Agenda for the Implementation of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, Central America and Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) has sent a reform to the Law on Copyright and Related Rights to Congress for debate.
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