Costa Rica: Rates Adjusted for RadioElectric Spectrum

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.

Monday, February 2, 2015

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.

Gisella Kopper, senior Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt), told that "... The process is just beginning and the amounts paid today are very low amounts and that a subject for negotiation. That's one of the points that is generating discussion. It is well known that is has to be changed, but we dont have an amount yet; we have only just started talking."

Meanwhile, Andrés Quintana, honorary president of the National Chamber for Radio (Canara), added "... I think it is unnecessary to change the 1954 law and we are proposing to the Micitt a new technical regulation to regulate it. It is not the idea of a fee that worries Canara, rather we are concerned about a possible loss of the bands in use. Looking at this project there does not seem to be a way to resolve the technical side, it seems more like a reallocation of frequencies, and that is soemthing we are concerned about. "

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