Guatemala: Private Sector Opposes Telecommunications Law

The private sector is warning that the new law contains technical deficiencies and could harm free competition by creating different conditions for companies in the sector.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Union of Cable Television Operators is opposing the rapid adoption of the Law on Control of Mobile Telecommunications in Prison Centers, because of a lack of consensus and consultation with the sector, the fact that it contains technical and legal gaps and could harm domestic firms through the generation of privileges and monopolies under the rule .

"According to the guild attached to the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala ( CIG), this situation has arisen without there being any analysis or favorable opinion issued by a legislative committee and without having enough technical or legal support, setting 'a dangerous precedent for the competitiveness of the country.'"

" .. They emphasized that there is inconsistency in the adoption of the new rules, because on one hand they try to justify the haste in which it was discussed and passed by saying the need to control mobile telecommunications in prisons was a 'national emergency' but on the other hand the deadline for its application is 8 months. "

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