Telecoms regulators quit over broadcast law

13 Apr 2006

Three of the four top officials at Mexico’s telecoms regulator Cofetel have resigned, citing differences over reforms to a new radio and television law, according to BNamericas citing local press reports. Only Cofetel’s president Jorge Arredondo remains in his position, after Abel Hibert, Clara Luz Álvarez and Salma Jalife all resigned having failed to see eye-to-eye over the modification of 13 articles in the new law, which was approved by President Vicente Fox this week. The amendments have been accused of favouring the country’s dominant broadcasters. The law includes the provision that broadcasters wishing to offer telecoms services over their current licensed bands must request a separate operating permit from the Secretary for Communications and Transport (SCT). Another amendment means the award of the majority of broadcast concessions will now be handled by Cofetel, rather than the SCT.