Argentine Senate gives preliminary approval to “short” telecommunications law

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The Argentine Senate gave preliminary approval to the bill for the Promotion of ICT Infrastructure and Competition, known as the “short law”, which allows telecommunications companies to provide DTH, among other points. The initiative now goes to the Chamber of Deputies.
The project – sent to the Senate by the Executive Power – had begun to be debated in April and during the process several changes were introduced to the original text. Now, the Upper House approved it by 46 votes in favor and 11 against.
Unlike the original text, the project postpones until July 2020 the entry of telcos to satellite TV in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario. In cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants they must wait until 2022 and in the rest until 2021.
The initiative also establishes that “providers or concessionaires of public, national, provincial or municipal services must provide the licensees of Information and Communications Technology Services with access to the passive infrastructure of which they are owners”. In that case, “access must be granted under transparent, equitable and non-discriminatory conditions, without being able to agree exclusivity or any preference in fact or law”.
In turn, the initiative includes the direct allocation to satellite company Arsat of a minimum of 20% of the frequencies, to be destined to SMEs and cooperatives in the sector.