Possible Modifications to Telecommunications Act

In Guatemala and proposals arising from the recently passed amendment to the Communications Act, which extended radio concessions for 20 years.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

In light of the act coming into effect, deputies in the Transparency Commission are preparing a bill relating to the issue of transparency, Deputy Carlos Barreda, a member of the panel, said "We must establish that the usufruct be delivered through an auction or implement a public payment for its renewal. "

"The proposal includes adopting mechanisms such as those implemented in Peru and the Dominican Republic, where there is free broadband internet in all public schools as well as in ministries and other government agencies.

As a third point, it is expected that the state will grant frequencies to indigenous peoples. The proposal includes a space to be given in usufruct of 'at least one radio in each language community", Barreda said", noted an article in Siglo21.com.gt.

Meanwhile the deputy Amilcar Pop, said that members of the Community Radio Movement discussed the possibility of appealing against the published decree.

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