Costa Rica: New rules for Telecommunications Towers

A ruling by the Administrative Court has annulled the General Rules for Municipal Licenses for Telecommunications and is demanding the preparation of a new one in less than three months.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The ruling by the tribunal in a lawsuit filed by Claro in January 2014, indicates that the Municipality of Alajuela must pay damages to the company, after it argued that it was unable to build telecommunications infrastructure in the region of Alajuela because of the regulations by which the municipality was governed.

"... According to Edgar del Valle, Legal manager of Claro, the provisions of that regulation precluded the expansion of coverage in the canton. According to del Valle, this regulation prevented building towers less than 250 meters away from other such structures, even if they were owned by other operators. " reports that "... It was also argued that the regulation lacks technical criteria for regulating the matter and was settled without any analysis, for this reason the procedure was considered invalid. "

The regulation has now been canceled and a new one must be prepared within three months.

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