Argentine government to intervene in internet provision

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Argentina's coordinator for the Secretary of Communications has announced government plans to intervene in Internet service provision within the country in order to establish standards of cost and quality.

"We are very dissatisfied with the degree of Internet diffusion," says Alejandro Garro. "The government is worried about the low level of penetration that the service has in Argentina both geographically and in terms of income classes."

Garro is critical of the high cost of the service and the low number of Internet subscribers, estimated to range between 50,000 and 100,000. He blames the low level of investment by national service providers and has announced that a public inquiry will deal with the issue.

However, the Secretary of Communications official maintains that no government restrictions will be applied to the political, social, religious or educational content of the Internet, as has recently happened in the U.S.

"In the government resolutions which paved the way for the Internet into Argentina, clear reference is made that there exists no way in which its contents can be regulated," Garro says.

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