Argentina moves forward with short telecommunications law

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The Argentine Senate approved the opinion of the “short” telecommunication law, which allows telcos to provide DTH in the country, among other points. The initiative is expected to be addressed next week.
The debate of the bill for the promotion and deployment of infrastructure and competition of Tics (this is the official name) began in the Senate on April 10. Unlike the original bill presented by the Minister of Communications Andrés Ibarra, the opinion postpones a year and a half, that is, until July 2020, the entry of telcos into satellite TV in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario. In cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants, these companies must wait until 2022 and in the rest until 2021.
“We have worked hard, we have listened to the different voices and we have made progress in a consensual document,” said Alfredo Luenzo, who chairs the commission on Systems, Media and Freedom of Expression.
The opinion also extends the concept of broadcasting to ICT providers that distribute content through the Internet. Moreover, it encourages the shared use of infrastructure through agreements and establishes that the commercialization of channels must take place under equitable conditions.