Committee votes to end basic telephone charge

15 Sep 2006

Peru’s Consumer Affairs committee yesterday voted to bar telcos from charging customers a basic monthly charge. The multi-party committee also voted on three other measures that will force telecoms providers to bill by the second (instead of by the minute); allow consumers to accumulate unused time on pre-paid fixed lines and telephone cards; and allow wireless subscribers to keep their numbers when they switch providers. The proposals have still to be voted on by Peru’s Congress, but members of parliament said there was widespread support for the measures, and that the vote could take place ‘soon.’ A business group representing the telecommunications industry has voiced opposition to the changes, arguing that the concept of a basic monthly charge exists in the contracts regulating them.