Costa Rica approves telecommunication regulations

The Board of Directors of the Public Services Regulatory Authorities approved the first three set of rules to regulate the telecommunication sector with the context of an open market.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The rules will come into effect once they are published in the Gazette on Friday October 17.

The approved rules are the following:

Regulations for universal access, universal service and solidarity.

The objective is to promote and provide quality telecommunication services in an opportune, and efficient manner, and at affordable and competitive prices to the inhabitants of those areas of the country where the cost of installing and maintaining the infrastructure will cause supply of these services to be unprofitable.

Rules for access and interconnection

These establish the technical, economic and legal rules to ensure access and interconnection to the networks, as well as guarantee that users have unrestricted access to telecommunication services.

Rules for competition and telecommunication

These establish the principles of competition in the national market, guaranteeing access to operators or providers in telecommunication market, avoiding abuses and monopolistic practices by providers and operators, and establishes sanctions based on the General Law of Telecommunications

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