Subtel enforces net neutrality

26 Jul 2011

Chile’s regulator, Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has had a set of amendments to the General Telecommunications Law passed by Congress. The amendment states that internet service providers (ISPs) must not interfere with access to content, applications or services except for protective purposes, such as virus protection. The law prevents ISPs from abusing their control over last mile infrastructure by blocking access to certain content. It also stipulates that ISPs must provide parental controls and be more transparent regarding contracts, and make clear the average and maximum speeds available.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of March 2011 Chile had 1.9 million broadband subscribers, and its household penetration of 39.8% is high for the region.