Mexico’s secondary telecoms legislation unlikely to be published until 2014

14 Nov 2013

Secondary laws underpinning legislation designed to enhance competition in the Mexican telecoms sector may now not be published until next year, with Juan Pablo Adame, president of the digital agenda congressional committee, claiming that the current 9 December deadline is unrealistic. According to BNamericas, Mr Adame was cited in local press outlet El Universal as saying: ‘I’d prefer to have a good law that is debated thoroughly and that could be voted on in February than to rush it’ adding: ‘Our commitment first and foremost is to open it up [to debate] to the public rather than meet deadlines, draw up a law by listening to all of the sectors.’ Lawmakers are understood to have received proposals regarding how to draw up the secondary legislation from a number of different organisations, including the Asociacion Mexicana de Derecho a la Informacion (AMEDI) and IT and telecoms association Canieti, as well as from operators such as Telefonica and Alestra. Miguel Calderon, president of Canieti in the central and south areas of the country, is reported to have said of the timing for the next phase of legislation: ‘There are many deadlines in the telecoms reform which should be met. This affects all of Mexico [and] we should publish the initiative so we have time to debate it.’