Colombia. Of the 50 items that make up the ICT modernization bill that was approved by the Colombian Congress, a total of 37 underwent modifications during the nine months it was in process. Proposals that were discussed and approved by the subcommittees of both chambers and by the Government, with the purpose of strengthening the country's modernization and connectivity mechanisms.

One of the main issues of the project is related to the granting of permits for the use of the spectrum for up to 20 years, a proposal that received the backing of majorities in the Chamber and the Senate, and that will allow quality connectivity to be brought to close 20 millions of Colombians from the most remote areas of the country.

A second transcendental aspect of the project is related to the creation of a modern and independent regulatory entity, consisting of two decision rooms that will resolve issues in a separate manner, thus eliminating the current National Television Authority (ANTV).

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The first room is the Audiovisual Content Commission, which will deal with information pluralism and the defense of the viewer, and the second is the Communications Commission, which will be in charge of technical and market regulation.

The Audiovisual Content Commission will be composed of three members: two elected by public tender organized by universities, and one designated by regional channels; while the Communications Commission will be made up of the ICT minister, a commissioner appointed by the President of the Republic, and three members who will be elected by merit contest (held by Public Function), for a total of five members.

A third issue is related to the strengthening of Colombian public television, since it gives them new resources not only to improve their administrative management but also to expand the generation of quality content for Colombians, especially those produced from the regions.

For the ICT minister, Sylvia Constain, with the approval of the initiative showed that "what we want is a connected country in which a child from the city and one who is in a remote village, have the same opportunities thanks to connectivity. That's Equity! "

"We are a country of regions that need to be seen as a focus of development and that was understood by the House of Representatives. That is why we travel the country listening to the needs of the people, of the communities, of those who most need a more agile, effective and efficient presence of the State, where connectivity represents the key that opens the doors of the world, "said the minister.

The official said that this project is a challenge that will allow all Colombians to have quality internet, "in their homes, on their farms, in hospitals, in schools. This is a project inspired by international standards. The OECD and Unesco have recognized it as a necessary advance for Colombia to have conditions of equity, "he added.

According to Constain, with the decision made by the Chamber, the possibility of tripling the Internet connection speed is even more open, which would increase GDP per capita by up to 18%, according to the National Planning Department (DNP).

Richard Santa, RAVT
Author: Richard Santa, RAVT
Editor
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.

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