Government bill aims to help low income users

8 Mar 2006

The Brazilian government has resubmitted legislation to Congress designed to provide telecoms access to low income families, writes BNamericas. If passed, the bill could benefit 22 million families by amending the regulatory framework to adopt different criteria based on a user’s socioeconomic conditions. Low income households would be charged BRL14 to BRL20 a month (USD6.55 to USD9.36), roughly half the current service rate, and receive 120 free call minutes. Congress is expected to vote on the bill within the next 100 days.