El Salvador: Telecommunications Reforms Are Essential

Government control over the allocation of concessions and the lack of antitrust rules have set alarm bells ringing for companies in the sector.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Legislature will have only the three months granted by the Constitutional Court, from now, in order to make amendments to the Law on Telecommunications (LT).

Meanwhile, the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) studied the Draft Law on Community Broadcasting of the Legislative Assembly and the draft Law on Public Media submitted by former President Mauricio Funes, September 19 2013, both are projects which come under the Telecommunications Law.

The analysis made by Fusades notes with concern that "... the government aims to control the allocation of concessions, coming under the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (SIGET), in order to establish a similar system without media independence." It also denounces the fact that the LT "does not regulate the combat of monopolistic practices."

Read the complete analysis by Fusades.

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