Supreme court confirms decision to freeze digital TV switch

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mexico's supreme court (SCJN) has backed justice Olga Sánchez Cordero's decision to uphold a measure from the senate freezing the date of the country's switch from analog to digital television, the SCJN said on its website.

SCJN dismissed challenges from the executive branch and telecoms regulator Cofetel regarding the legislative measure.

President Felipe Calderón issued a digital TV decree in September 2010, aiming to bring forward the digital switch to end-2015 at the latest, shaving six years off the previous 2021 deadline. But a group of legislators took issue with the move, saying it was illegal as it infringed upon the powers conferred to Cofetel - the entity authorized to define norms in communications and broadcasting.

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The ruling prevents the executive branch from implementing the measures included in the decree.