Telefonica Brazil (Vivo) backs changes to country’s civil internet bill

17 Dec 2013

BNAmericas writes that Brazilian fixed and mobile operator Telefonica Brazil (Vivo) is now lining up behind the country’s proposed Marco Civil da Internet (civil internet bill), having approved the latest changes to the text announced by lawmaker Alessandro Molon. Telefonica Brazil (Vivo) president Antonio Carlos Valente is quoted as saying: ‘The Marco Civil discussion focused heavily on network neutrality. But there is no case in Brazil in which neutrality has been affected. Anyway, with the new text presented it is assured that there will be no harm done to consumers.’

Alessandro Molon is the author of the civil internet bill and has presented a new draft, complete with amendments – specifically the inclusion of a new item concerning internet principles, which mentions in its text the ‘freedom of business models promoted on the internet, provided they do not conflict with the other principles established in this law.’ For companies such as Telefonica Brazil, this principle establishes the playing field for telcos to ‘continue offering (and charging according to) distinct plans, with different download limits or speeds for example, despite the network neutrality requirement.’

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