Bolivia’s Fecotel rejects intervention in Cotas

The Bolivian Telecommunications Cooperatives Federation (Fecotel) rejected the government’s intervention in the cable TV service of the Santa Cruz Telecommunications Cooperative (Cotas) in the city of Montero.

“We reject the arbitrary and interventionist way in which the Telecommunications and Transport Control and Regulation Authority (ATT) executed the intervention”, said Fecotel in a statement.

The Bolivian regulator intervened Cotas service for 90 days, arguing that the cooperative did not request the renewal of the license for the provision of the service in that city. Cotas operates the service in Montero for about 2,000 customers.

According to local newspaper El Deber, Cotas executives had been requesting the renewal of this license before its expiration. According to the Regulation Manager of Cotas, Rodolfo Weise, the cooperative insistently requested the ATT to migrate the contracts to the single license modality, as is established by law.

In a statement, the ATT said that the intervention to Cotas is framed in a legal procedure that guarantees the continuity of the service. Likewise, the Bolivian regulator said that the migration procedures are different from those of renewal.