Colombia. After 10 years that the country did not open a process of allocating radio transmitters, the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, MinTIC, selected the five main data that the organized communities should take into account about this process.
The ICT Minister, Sylvia Constain, mentioned that "with this process we will reach more municipalities with stations that represent the voice of the people. These media strengthen democracy and help solve local problems. In this way, barriers to access to information will be reduced and progress will be made towards a more connected country ".
For more information about this process, those interested can send their concerns and requests to the email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. What is a community radio station?
Community broadcasters are a participatory and pluralistic public service, oriented to satisfy communication needs in the municipality or area covered, facilitating the exercise of the right to information and the participation of its inhabitants through radio programs that promote development social, peaceful coexistence, democratic values, the construction of citizenship.
2. What is the award process?
The ICT ministry initiated the call with the stage of expressions of interest (1.573 was received). This will start the process of publishing the draft document at the end of August for the receipt of comments. Subsequently, the final document will be published before October in order for the participants to deliver the required documents. Finally, in December, the evaluation and adjudication of the concessions will be carried out.
3. How old is the operating license?
The duration of the license is 10 years, extendable for equal periods.
4. What aspects must the candidate fulfill and what are the costs of obtaining the license?
The issuer must take into account financial aspects such as the cost of obtaining the license that is equivalent to three legal monthly minimum wages in force and the annual payment for the use of the radioelectric spectrum.
5. How is the station supported?
Likewise, the communities must cover, with their own resources and those generated by the service, all legal costs, installation, operation, administration, generation of content and other associated with the provision of the service.