Telecoms law approved

20 Jun 2013

Ecuador’s legislature has approved a new general telecoms law, following more than three years of debate. The law has attracted strong criticism, largely relating to the private sector broadcasting segment, as it establishes that 33% of available broadcasting frequency space will be for public broadcasting, 33% for private and 34% for community broadcasting, despite 68% of TV stations and 83% of radio stations currently being operated by private companies, and community ventures representing a miniscule part of the sector, reports RapidTVNews. The law also aims to increase state control over the media sector via the establishment of various institutions to regulate programming and information.