COSTA RICA NEWS — The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly referred to, has ruled that the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL) gave insufficient information to justify the proposal to introduce a new fee for mobile internet downloads, reports El Financiero.
According to the court, the information is based on a market survey from 2012 of a single operator, and provides insufficient basis to issue an act according to the constitutional parameters of proportionality and reasonableness.
As a result, the procedure for the regulator to carry out the measure could take four months. In order to go ahead with the hearing, the regulator must update the data made available to the public.
The SUTEL is looking to move mobile internet rates based on download instead of a fixed monthly rate, as is the case now. The proposed change has generated controversy among users who could potentially see their mobile internet connection costs increase dramatically