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So will the information technology revolution

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The modernization of the information and communication technologies sector is part of the government’s economic reactivation package

What was improved on the ICT project in Congress?

Within the articles strengthened, the minister of ICT, Sylvia Constaín, rescued the legal conditions for the marketing of the use of the spectrum, allowing the awarding of the contract for up to 20 years for greater investment, “which will facilitate reach with quality connectivity to the Colombia deep of 20 million colombians of the strata one and two, and rural areas.

The minister also highlighted the article that allows the increase by four years for community operators to take the Internet to town centres and municipal Capitals.

How was the regulatory body established?

Minister Constantin stressed that another improved theme at the Congress is the one that allows for the existence of a modern and independent regulator, an idea that was supported by international organizations such as Unesco and OECD.

“Said regulator, “he explained,” will have two decision rooms that will resolve issues separately. The Committee on audiovisual content shall take account of information pluralism and the defence of television viewers, and the session of the Committee on Communications which will be responsible for technical and market regulation.

Later, he said that this project creates a unique regulator that recognizes the convergence of the two we currently have, the first of five members and the second of three members. In addition, it allows us greater investment and legal certainty that reflects what the sector is.

There will be two commissions, what are they and how will they work?

Minister Constantin explained that the audiovisual content Commission will consist of three members: two elected by public competition organized by universities, and one appointed by regional channels; while the Communications Commission will consist of the minister of ICT, a commissioner appointed by the president of the Republic, and three members who will be elected by merit competition (performed by Public Service), for a total of five members.

How was public television?

For Constantin, another major beneficiary of the legislative initiative is National Public Television, since the article guarantees the maximum level of resources possible and an increase according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as well as allows 10% of the resources to be used for operating expenses of the channels.

In addition, there are three new resources so that, by call, multi-platform content generation projects can be awarded in the regions, ” the Minister of ICT added.

What is the key to the approved project?

This government initiative seeks to make Colombia more attractive to investment, reactivate the ICT industry-which has been slowing down – and Generate Quality Employment. In this way, technology can be brought to all corners of the country, especially to rural and remote areas of the national territory.

This bill will place the sector’s institutionality and regulation on the international standard, thus energizing the ICT industry. In this way, a marriage between the public and private sector will be consolidated, with only one objective: to connect all Colombians and to connect them well. That is to say, conditions will be created to increase the investment and this is reflected in the closure of the digital divide, focusing on the population of low-income and rural areas.

What is the purpose of making the sector attractive to investors?

As stated, one of the objectives of the project is to focus investments for the effective closing of the digital divide, which includes connecting all Colombians and encouraging technological appropriation, especially in indigenous, Afro-Colombian, Raizal, palenqueras and Rom communities, in addition to people with physical limitations. To this end, it is proposed that a single fund be set up, bringing together the resources of the Fontic and the Fontv. This will generate incentives to link the private sector and the general public in their investment initiatives.

Does the attraction of investment endanger public media?

The project makes it clear that the strengthening of television and Public radio, as well as national and regional public audiovisual content, will be guaranteed, since the resources that have historically been allocated to this area will continue with an annual increase.

Additional resources will also be allocated for the generation of cross-platform content of public interest, thanks to the focus of government investments on the low-income and rural population, with emphasis on public schools in remote areas of the country.

How will ICT institutions be simplified and modernized?

For this purpose, it is proposed to create a single and independent regulator for the entire ICT sector, which includes telecommunications, television, Internet and audio broadcasting services. It also seeks to unify all the tasks of monitoring and control of the operators of these services within the Ministry of ICT. Thus, the powers currently held by the National Television Authority (ANTV) will be redistributed. The National spectrum agency (NNA) will have no change in its functions.

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