El Salvador drops basic fee for fixed telephony
A new bill has been approved by El Salvador’s legislative assembly which eradicates the basic fee for fixed line telephony, BNamericas reports.
Only a few days earlier, telecoms regulator Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET) had decided to raise the basic fee by almost 50% from USD9.42 per line rental to USD14.32. According to a statement on the assembly’s website, the new law is designed to benefit those affected by the global economic slowdown, and the resulting unemployment and drop in remittances from family abroad. However, as consumers will now only pay for the calls they make, consumer protection agency CDC has warned that telcos may raise their tariffs or quality of service could be adversely affected.
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