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More taxes on telecom services to pay for 911

The Chamber of Deputies passed on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the bill that amends the 911 Emergency System Law 140-13. The legislation now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

The bill contemplates adding a new “Tasa para el Desarrollo y la Sostenibilidad” (or a Rate/Tariff for Sustainable Development) to telecom services in order to help fund the public service. Telecom companies will need to pay US$0.02, or equivalent in Dominican pesos as established by the rate of the Central Bank, for each minute of voice calls. Also, the telecommunication firms will pay a rate of (US$0.0025) for each text message (SMS) coming from abroad. It is expected this will be passed on to consumers in the price of the service.

The new bill establishes that the 911 Emergency System, in coordination with the Public Ministry, is responsible for the planning, design and installation of surveillance videos in cities and the supervision of the security cameras in public places. The Presidency will now be in charge of the 911 camera surveillance. In the past camera surveillance fell under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior and Police.

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

May 25, 2017

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