Peru to ban set-top box rental charges

The President of the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Osiptel in Spanish), Rafael Muente, said in an interview with Gestió that they are preparing a new rule, which will be issued before the end of the year, to ban the practice of charging a separate fee for the rental of  pay TV set-top boxes.

“The idea is to be clear about the fees charged; if there is a cost for the decoder it must be incorporated in the overall rate, and not charged separately”.  Last June, the agency had already opposed to this practice, claiming that “is not appropriate” because “the company must provide decoders as part of the service.”

In March this year, the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (Aspec) denounced this practice used by pay TV companies, calling it “illegal.” “What they are really doing is disguising the price increase,” Aspec said.