Anatel clarifies performance in relation to community radios and guides entities. Agency has made changes to the regulations benefiting the community radios.
The problems for the installation of community radios in the country and new legislation for the sector were topics of public hearing held at the Committee on Science, Technology, Communication and Informatics (CCTCI) in the Senate, this Thursday, 27.04. The head of the Technical Advisory Office of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Marcus Paolucci, said at the hearing that the Agency has already made changes to its regulations benefiting the community radios. But, explained Marcus Paolucci, frequency-related problems need to be analyzed individually by Anatel.
The coordinator of Technical Analysis of Educational Broadcasting of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Rodrigo Cruz Gebrim, said during the debate that there are 4.7 thousand community radios granted in the country. The number of FM radios is much smaller, he said, about 3,500. According to Gebrim, the Ministry wants to reduce to six months the deadline to authorize the operation of community radios. Currently, the process takes about a year.
The Executive Coordinator of the Brazilian Community Radio Association (Hug), Geremias dos Santos, said that community radios demand new frequencies to avoid the shadow zones that prevent access to the service for populations living in these areas. The representatives of the community radios also complained about the progress of the processes at Anatel, which they consider to be slow.