A Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency) is the entity responsible for monitoring and regulating telecommunications throughout the national territory. On 01/31 (Wednesday), the entity began a public consultation regarding changes to the rules for fixed-line telephone concessions in the country.
Thus, CP No. 5/24 provides that the determinations related to the exploitation of the STFC on a public basis, already included in item 4 of the Regulatory Agenda for the 2023/2024 biennium, will be reevaluated. The Regulatory Impact Analysis Report is proposing that regulations that have negative effects on concessions be revoked.
Measures should also affect payphones
The municipality is also suggesting that TUP (Public Use Telephones), popularly known among Brazilians as “payphones”, due to their iconic format, can only operate to make local calls.
According to a survey carried out by Anatel, 6,668 municipalities requested that these devices be removed, while only 236 requested new installations of units. Therefore, among the locations that requested this type of withdrawal, 3,851 are municipal headquarters (58%) and 2,817 do not qualify as such (42%).
This data is extremely important, as it serves to highlight the unpopularity of a service that a few decades ago was widely used by the general population. Next, the consultation deals with the end of AICE (Special Class Individual Access), also known as “Popula Telephoner”.
This measure is normally intended for those who receive figures from social programs from the Federal Government and are registered in the CadÚnico (Cadastro Único). According to a study, the percentage of units located in low-income Brazilian housing has reduced by 26% in recent times.
CP No. 5/24 will be open for 45 days from today and to respond to it, just access the CP website Anatel participates and log in with your gov.br account information. Now, if you don’t already have one, then you must register before participating in the public consultation.