Paraguayan VP accuses Brazil, Argentina of ‘cyber amputation’

26 Jun 2012

Federico Franco, the vice president of the government of Paraguay has publicly denounced telecoms officials in neighbouring Argentina and Brazil, accusing them of obstructing broadband development in land-locked Paraguay by refusing to provide his country with competitive prices for international broadband connectivity. ‘Our neighbours, particularly the large ones, do not allow us to fully liberalise the internet’, Franco complained during the recent ICT summit in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion. Unless things change, the VP warned, he would be forced to take the case to the relevant international authorities. Franco went on to describe the behaviour of both nations as ‘cyber amputation’.