Cooperatives expected to get TV go-ahead

28 Jul 2008

The head of federal broadcasting committee Comfer, Gabriel Mariotto, has been quoted by local newspaper El Cronista as saying that the broadcasting bill currently being debated will allow cooperatives to launch their own TV services, but mainstream telcos will remain barred from triple-play, reports BNamericas. Dario Oliver, president of telecoms cooperatives chamber Catel, told BNamericas that his organisation is confident that the new broadcasting law will enable cooperatives to offer their own cable TV services, rather than have to rely on agreements with pay-TV providers as is the situation currently. ‘Cable TV operators are offering broadband services and we should be allowed to offer cable TV services to be in a better position to compete,’ Oliver said in light of the cooperatives’ increasingly less profitable fixed telephony businesses.