Nicaragua: NO to State Controlled Internet

A draft bill, if approved, would give the State permission to access confidential information on private companies and create a state company that controls access to the Internet.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Representatives from the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) argue that this draft law goes against the "principles of free enterprise," which if approved would become "an anti private investment law". It was further noted that jurisdiction would be given over fixing prices to the regulator of telecommunications (Telcor), "... which would cause a rise in rates for Internet access."

Jose Adan Aguerri, president of COSEP, told that "... They are already meeting with representatives from Telcor to carry out a technical review of the bill, and will even be accompanied by the Internet Association of Nicaragua. 'Ideally, it will not even reach the National Assembly, as the Internet would be under the control of the state, including internet by Claro and Telefonica. There would not be any private companies negotiating contracts, but a state company which this law would create. It may be the case the State decides that there is no Internet access, but Cosep will not let that happen so easily. '"

"... The law would also grant Telcor the right of access to confidential information for state institutions and private companies in the country. That is another principle that Cosep has always defended. What we cherish most in our business is information, information that is private. Therefore we have always defended the issue of corporations and this is an issue that is not up for discussion on the part of the private sector. "

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