Bill may require mobile services in municipalities with more than 1,000 people

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A bill proposed by Brazilian legislator Renzo Braz would require carriers to provide mobile telephony services in all municipalities across the country with more than 1,000 residents, the country's lower house reported.

The bill, which would change signal coverage requirements, modifies the country's general telecommunications bill (9.472/97) and is currently being examined by the lower house's committees of science and technology, communication and computing, and constitution, justice and citizenship.

"Despite the expansion of mobile telephony in the country, the quality of the services provided and the signal coverage offered by the carriers are still poor and have insufficient reach outside the major urban centers," Braz said.

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"Therefore, it's necessary to establish a legal standard for carriers, to demand that in return for the mobile telephony licenses granted to them, they ensure service coverage in all municipalities with more than 1,000 residents inside their area of coverage."

If it passes through the committees, the bill will just need President Dilma Rousseff's stamp of approval to take effect.