Fresh calls for Fust to aid broadband deployment

25 Jun 2007

Citing claims made by Agência Estado, BNamericas reports that Pedro Jaime Ziller, a board member of regulatory body Anatel, has called for the tapping of the universal access fund Fust to help distribute broadband services to poor communities. The issue was first proposed in 2005 but did not come to fruition – under Brazilian law only fixed line operators can utilise the resources of Fust. Under the plan put forward by Ziller, any company whether fixed or mobile would be able to use part of the fund – estimated to stand at up to BRL6 billion (USD3 billion) – to deliver broadband services. An Anatel press officer has responded saying the proposal is based on the view of one board member, while any decision would require Anatel’s five-member board to vote.