The Telecommunications Law will be debated today in the Plenary of the National Assembly, where the new direction of telecommunications will be defined. The plenary session will address the bill for the sector in second debate.
In addition to creating public entities to regulate the companies involved in communications, the legislation seeks to establish an additional fee for supremacy in the market. I.e., those with more than 30% of the market shares shall pay a tax to the state.
Initially, the proposal was intended only for mobile operators, having Conecel (Claro) to pay 7% of its total revenue.
This regulation, however, would not reach the public sector. The State company CNT dominates two sectors of telecommunications but will not pay the fee.
Christian Viteri, Assemblyman from the ruling party, said that the reason is that it makes no sense to move resources “from one pocket to another in the same pants.”
The spokesmen of the Corporation have not made statements about this topic.