Friday, August 27, 2021
Havana, Aug 27.- The application of Decree-Law 35, published the previous week, and its complementary norms, will allow to promote the computerization of society, concentrate legal norms and reduce regulatory dispersion on the subject, said this Thursday Wilfredo López Rodríguez, Director of Regulations of the Ministry of Communications.
On a TV appearance, he explained that for the first time Cuba has a higher standard that regulates telecommunications and radioelectric space with scope for all natural and legal persons, and that it supports the work in the development of new technologies.
He said that this decree, which was approved in April by the Council of State, includes the rights and duties of users and providers of public telecommunications services, with the support of the Constitution of the Republic, endorsed in 2019.
Although the regulations provide citizens with rights in the digital world, it is also their duty to avoid transmitting offensive information against people and institutions, avoid using hateful language and irresponsible behavior on digital networks, actions that in the physical space are regulated, so their impunity cannot be prevented in the virtual one.
The official also highlighted that, in addition to the rights, the duties of the telecommunications operator and provider are included, aimed at supporting the rights of users.
The package of laws, he added, is consistent with the definition of the Universal Telecommunications Service, which declares certain services as a right of end customers, regardless of their geographic location.
Fixed and land mobile telephone service, Internet access, television and sound broadcasting service, access to public telephone booths and stations, free reach for emergency calls and the application of preferential conditions for people with special needs, make up that system, defined in Decree Law 35.
The legal statement and its complementary norms ratify the objectives of the Cuban Government to contribute to political, economic and social development through the modernization of telecommunications infrastructures, and to promote, at the same time, the harmonious and orderly progress of networks and ICTs.
López Rodríguez pointed out that in order to prepare them, the telecommunications laws of Bolivia, Spain, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela were consulted, fundamentally.
In this sense, the director of the Mincom explained that these laws had already been approved for some time and did not incorporate elements on new technologies and communications, with the exception of that of Spain and Colombia, which contributed more in this area.
Before the appearance of the decree law, Cuba had three decree-laws and eight decrees, which, although they regulated telecommunications processes and the use of the radioelectric spectrum, did not cover the phenomena in a general way. (ACN)
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