Mexico. As is public knowledge, since March 1, the Plenary of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications, IFT, the highest decision-making and governing body of said regulatory body, is in a more challenging situation with regard to the number of members that must conform it in accordance with the provisions of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States.
For the Institute of Telecommunications Law (IDET) it is worrying that the Plenary of the autonomous body responsible for regulating and promoting competition and efficient development of telecommunications in our country, only has, at present, four of the seven commissioners who must integrate this collegiate body.
In this regard, the IDET wants to show its solidarity and support to the current IFT commissioners, who will be obliged to redouble their efforts to deepen the analysis of the relevant issues that are submitted to them for consideration and vote, knowing that the absence of an integrated Plenary in its entirety, decreases the possibility of enriching the deliberation of important issues or concepts, as well as hearing a greater number of arguments from their peers on issues that require a high level of specialization and analysis in various areas.
The commitment shown by the current commissioners, since they were appointed, allows us to assume that they will face responsibly the three important vacancies in the Plenary of the Institute, until the Government of the Republic and, subsequently, the Senate of the Republic, carry out the necessary actions to appoint the people who will complete the integration of the Plenary of the IFT in terms of the law, while also advancing in the necessary gender parity that must prevail in the governing bodies of public entities.
However, it is important to note that this does not represent in any way, a limitation for the regulatory body, which has a robust and specialized structure, to decisively attend to one of its great historical slopes: the adequate supervision of the strict compliance by the Preponderant Economic Agent in Telecommunications (AEP-T) of the asymmetric measures that were imposed on it since 2014.
Based on this, the IDET hopes that, once and for all, the IFT will move forward decisively in the due attention and relief of the innumerable complaints presented by the different telecommunications operators against the various actions and strategies developed by the AEP-T to make nugatory the regulation that was imposed on it to promote competition in the sector.
In the same way, we hope that the sanctions that correspond to the AEP-T will be imposed, in accordance with the provisions of our legal framework, as a result of the relief of the aforementioned complaints, with the purpose of eradicating and inhibiting the repeated abusive practices developed by said agent and, above all, to advance towards the ultimate objective provided for in the Constitution and the legal framework, to ensure that Mexico's telecommunications sector develops in conditions of effective competition, as the best vehicle for Mexicans to have access to services in the best conditions of price and quality.
Analysis carried out by the Institute of Telecommunications Law, IDET.