Peruvian lawmakers have submitted proposals to raise minimum internet access speeds following a similar development in Chile, El Comercio reports. Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Communications has submitted for debate bill 5389/2020-CR which looks to guarantee that customers’ internet access speeds are at least 90% of the rate featured in their contract, rather than the current 40%. The bill also proposes that sector watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) provide users with tools to measure download and upload speeds. Industry groups criticised the proposal, claiming that such a move would require operators to invest more in infrastructure to provide faster data transfer rates, and that the costs would be passed on to consumers.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month Chile enacted new legislation on guaranteed minimum internet access speeds. Under the new rules, during peak hours ISPs must ensure that a consumer’s connection is at least 95% of the speed featured in their contract for fixed broadband connections, and 90% for mobile connections. During off peak hours, meanwhile, the minimum rates were set at 98% (fixed) and 93% (wireless). For example, a customer with a 100Mbps fixed broadband plan must receive download speeds of at least 95Mbps during peak hours and 98Mbps during off-peak hours.