Senate committee reopens talks on new regulator

2 Oct 2020

The Chilean Senate’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee have restarted discussions regarding the potential establishment of a Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Supertel), TeleSemana writes. The outlet notes that such measures had been proposed previously in 2011 and 2014 without being put into effect. Under the new proposals Supertel’s functions would include: supervising telecommunications services, ensuring the protection of user data, dictating administrative measures, initiating sanctions for infractions and reporting on the granting and modification of licences. For its part, meanwhile, the existing telecoms watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) would continue to be responsible for defining regulatory policies, spectrum administration and managing subsidies, as well as publishing statistics for the sector. The proposal was reportedly met with general approval, including a nod from Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Gloria Hutt. Undersecretary of Telecommunications Pamela Gidi also approved of the measures, but noted that there were some areas that needed to be clarified, such as how the new organisation’s budget would be defined.

Chile, Department of Telecommunications (Subtel)