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Senate approves recognition of the Internet as public service

After passing through committees, the project approved by the Senate of Chile and which will now go to the lower House, included the definition of the principles that must guide this right, such as the installation and operation of public telecommunications services, which are governed by the principles of technological neutrality, universality, continuity, shared use of infrastructure, transparency and equality in the allocation of resources.

By understanding the Internet as a basic service, such as electricity or water, it will be subject to the regulation of said type of concession and service, so providers must guarantee a continuous and quality provision. In addition, recognizing it in this way will oblige the State to promote public policies to ensure the availability of the Internet in disconnected areas.

According to information from the Senate, 55 communes in the country have levels of connectivity below 1% and more than 60,000 people are in the so-called "zones of silence."

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