The Law project for the Universal Service and users' rights, referring to
the future communication networks and services received its final vote from
the House of Deputies. As a result of this vote, the project is to be sent
to the presidential cabinet, for promulgation.
The Law on the Universal Service took into account mainly the low-income
individuals, the purpose of the law being to avoid the social division
through launching unaffordable prices for the new services. The coming
into force of this law would eventually lead to a stronger discipline
on the market, given the extremely severe sanctions penalties, up to 35
billion ROL ($ 1 MN), discouraging the service and networks providers
from neglecting the regulations of this law.
The IT&C Ministry will establish the strategy in order to ensure
the provisioning of the Universal Service, and the National Authority
for Communications' Regulation will establish the necessary procedures
for designating the Universal Service providers in the electronic communications.
Also in 2003, a study is to be conducted, in order to establish which
areas of the country represent a fit spot to apply the Universal Service
The Universal Service is supposed to establish a minimal set of services,
with a well-determined quality, made accessible countrywide by the service
and network providers.