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Telecommunications Fund expected to rise by up to 283%

Aerbras – National Association of Radiocommunication Companies warns of the risk of this high

Looking for new forms of collection, the Ministry of Finance should target Fistel – Telecommunications Inspection Fund as a new target. A correction for accumulated inflation means an increase of up to 283% and may make phone and internet bills even more expensive. Opposing this readjustment, Aerbras – National Association of Radiocommunication Companies, today, June 24, files a document with Anatel, expressing its contrary opinion.

The Institution, made up of 170 telecommunications entrepreneurs present in all regions of Brazil, serves private companies of all sizes and sectors of the economy, as well as governmental institutions of direct and indirect public administration. One of its main missions is to ensure the order and quality of telecommunication services in the country. “This rise could have an adverse effect on the economy already in crisis. The biggest risk is increasing inflation rates considerably, something that has been worrying all Brazilians, ”argues Dane Avanzi, Aerbras vice president.

To fully understand the impact of the rate hike, it should be noted that today telecom companies pay $ 26 to activate each phone and internet chip, and another annual fee of $ 13 for each line to continue working. With the change, the activation fee would be $ 73.58 and annual maintenance would be $ 36.79%.

The government’s main argument to increase this collection is that the charges have not been readjusted since 1998. However, it should be noted that only in 2014, these two rates represented a collection of R $ 8.488 billion to the National Treasury coffers.

The readjustment may even make unfeasible the broadband universalization plan, propagated by President Dilma Rousseff. To bring fast Internet to 95% of the population, the Ministry of Communications is right to grant Fistel credits to companies in exchange for investments in fiber optics in commercially less attractive regions.

Given this context, Aerbras’ proposal with Anatel is not to readjust the tax, or if so, to do so in a staggered manner, minimizing the consequences to telecommunications services in general. “Promoting such a high one-time hike can mean a huge loss in quality of service and an extremely negative impact on the economy, as the costs will certainly be passed on to the population, resulting in another readjusted account in a year so long. complicated, ”concludes Avanzi.

Dane Avanzi is a businessman, lawyer and vice president of Aerbras – Association of Radiocommunication Companies of Brazil.

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