Costa Rica: Problems With Cell Towers

Businesses have denounced the arbitrariness with which municipalities are establishing rates and conditions for granting permits for setting up telecommunication towers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Chamber of Information and Communication Technology (Infocom) claims that the municipalities, citing their legal autonomy, are establishing their own conditions when companies request permits to install telecom towers in different areas.

A statement from Infocom mentioned by notes that "...The installation of cell towers continues to generate conflict between telecommunications companies and some municipalities, who by dint of their autonomy, have capriciously applied tariffs and conditions for the granting of all permits or simply have not authorized construction."

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