Tuesday, March 08, 2005

New legislation in Costa Rica could make Net phone calls a criminal offence

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) telecommunications monopoly sees VoIP as a value-added telecom service and says it should be regulated. "At its most Draconian, the proposal would make Internet telephoning a crime,” reports TechWeb.com.

But an anonymous Costa Rican official of an agency “seeking to promote” the country's software industry said ICE's proposal would be "disastrous" to efforts to grow its software development and outsourcing businesses. The official noted that Costa Rica has been rapidly growing its outsourcing business and low-cost telephone service is crucial to the growth of that business.

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