Telcos Demand Free Competition in Projects

Telecoms companies in Costa Rica demand the abolition of a decree which allows the government to award contracts without bidding in the National Telecommunications Fund.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

According to the Chamber of Information and Technology this could cause market distortions and they warn that the decree could have implications and consequences of possible violations of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA).

In a paid advertisement published in the chamber in Nacion.com, they complain that the decree would create an invasion of the exclusive power of the Telecommunications Superintendence (to run the funds) and a possible violation of the principles of national treatment, universal service and regulatory independence set out in international treaties.

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