Government Promotes Radio And Television Services In Municipalities And Regions

Date:Feb 01, 2021



The Government promotes the radio and television service provided by the municipal and regional governments, through the economic facilities that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) has established for this purpose.

In that sense, the MTC approved a group of economic benefits, such as, for example, municipalities will no longer pay approximately 700 a year for the use of the canon, now they will pay only one sol for this service in 2021.

This is established in Supreme Decree No. 003-2021-MTC published today in the official newspaper El Peruano.

This is a normative modification that also reduces the amount of the authorization and renewal fee for both municipalities and regional governments that are owners of broadcasting stations.

Before they paid about 1,100 soles and henceforth they will pay an equivalent of 4.40 soles.

In addition, as established by the Radio and Television Law; maintaining debts derived from the provision of telecommunications services is grounds for denying both new and renewal authorization requests. However, the new rule provides payment facilities for your current debts.

Important social role

"Radio and television stations run by regional or local governments play an important social role, mainly in rural areas," said the Vice Minister of Communications, Diego Carrillo.

"For this reason, we have created these conditions that facilitate the fulfillment of the economic obligations of these entities that are precisely the closest to the population with the least supply of telecommunications services," he added.

These measures seek to enable the continuity of radio and television services during the state of national emergency, mitigating the effects caused by the new wave of Covid-19 and its negative economic impact on regional and local governments, which are the holders of the authorizations that provide broadcasting services and promote the population's access to these communication channels.

It should be noted that the standard grants exceptionally and for one time only, the benefit of fractional payment of its debts for canon, authorization rights and fines derived from the provision of radio and television services, including those under an UIT or that are in coercive collection procedure.

To date, there are 122 radio stations and 106 for television, whose owners correspond to local governments, most of which are located in rural areas and of preferential social interest.

While regional governments have a sound broadcasting station and three television broadcasting stations, all of them for educational purposes.