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Update Spain: telecoms head says no to tax - 27-April-2009, 11:50

Spain: telecoms head says no to tax



Head of Spains Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT), Reinaldo Rodrguez, has come out against taxing telecoms operators to help fund public broadcaster Radio Televisin Espaola (RTVE), saying such a move would not be logical.

Spains government wants to change the public TV business model by cutting down on advertisements. One way to raise funds to compensate RTVE would be to tax telecommunications operators. The tax would be paid by internet and telephony operators as in France.

Rodrguez said: "Financing the public national broadcaster should come from the audiovisual sector and not from the telecommunications sector."

Last week some of Spain's audiovisual market sources pointed towards the possibility of the government implementing a yearly television tax, or a licence fee per viewer, set or TV home as happens elsewhere, for instance in the UK. But immediately after this rumour was proclaimed the government ruled it out.

As for the possibility that the government will reserve part of the spectrum currently used by free-to-air broadcasters for mobile telecommunications operators after analogue switch off from April 2010, CMT's president reminded the country that with digital technology capacities can be multiplied eight or even ten times.
   
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