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Mexico's Televisa says new telecom rules 'disproportionate'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Grupo Televisa, Mexico's top broadcaster, complained on Tuesday that passage of a new government telecommunications bill would impose unprecedented and "disproportionate" obligations on it that go far beyond what a regulator would require. If passed, the rules would impose limitations on its advertising sales, use of infrastructure and content distribution, Televisa said.

America Movil shares fall three percent after Mexico offers telco bill

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Shares in America Movil, the Latin American phone company controlled by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, fell over 3 percent on Tuesday, the day after the government presented a bill fleshing out a telecoms reform aimed at curbing Slim's power. Mexico's government on Monday proposed giving a new regulator wide-reaching powers to police the operations of dominant telecommunications companies and TV broadcasters, right down to their prices and discounts.

Mexico hits main network with restrictions, sets first bidding for TV frequencies

MEXICO CITY - Mexican regulators hit the country's main television network with a double punch on Friday, declaring Televisa a "preponderant" market player and slapping restrictions on the company, which bills itself as the largest media outlet in the Spanish-speaking world. Regulators also approved plans to open bidding for two new nationwide TV channels, to foment more competition in an industry where the Televisa network holds about 70 per cent of non-cable viewership.

Mexico media giant Televisa facing tighter regulation

Mexico City, Mar 7 (EFE).- Mexico's telecommunications regulator has declared Grupo Televisa a dominant operator in broadcast television, according to the company, which said the move implies a series of "substantial and restrictive measures, terms, conditions and obligations." The IFT in recent days has issued rulings and taken actions that affect the company "in many areas relating to its broadcasting and pay television businesses," Televisa, which has a nearly 70 percent market share in Mexico's broadcasting industry, said in a statement Friday.

Mexico media giant Televisa facing tighter regulation

Mexico City, Mar 7 (EFE).- Mexico's telecommunications regulator has declared Grupo Televisa a dominant operator in broadcast television, according to the company, which said the move implies a series of "substantial and restrictive measures, terms, conditions and obligations." The IFT in recent days has issued rulings and taken actions that affect the company "in many areas relating to its broadcasting and pay television businesses," Televisa, which has a nearly 70 percent market share in Mexico's broadcasting industry, said in a statement Friday.

Mexico telecom regulator can police dominant firms: draft

By Simon Gardner and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico will give its new telecommunications regulator sweeping powers to police dominant telecommunications companies and TV broadcasters, right down to their prices and discounts, a draft bill that fleshes out a landmark reform passed last year shows. The Federal Institute for Telecommunications (IFT) will have far-reaching powers to order companies to sell assets, revoke concessions and share networks and infrastructure.

Mexico's president to ask Supreme Court to rule in TV battle

By Elinor Comlay MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto will ask the Supreme Court to rule on the powers of the new telecommunications regulator, as broadcasters and pay television providers battle over free-to-air stations. Mexico's government last year passed a constitutional reform that established the regulator, the Federal Institute for Telecommunications (IFT), and new rules aimed at increasing competition in Mexico's television and phone markets.

Mexico's president to ask Supreme Court to rule in TV battle

By Elinor Comlay MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto will ask the Supreme Court to rule on the powers of the new telecommunications regulator, as broadcasters and pay television providers battle over free-to-air stations. Mexico's government last year passed a constitutional reform that established the regulator, the Federal Institute for Telecommunications (IFT), and new rules aimed at increasing competition in Mexico's television and phone markets.

Mexico regulator should declare Televisa dominant -Dish Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's new telecom regulator should declare broadcaster Grupo Televisa a dominant company as part of its effort to increase competition in the sector, rival satellite company Dish Mexico said on Wednesday. Dish Mexico has written to the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) saying that Televisa is dominant in terms of audience figures for its broadcast television and subscribers for its pay-television services.

Mexico agrees to revised TV network auction plan for 2014

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's new telecommunications watchdog said on Wednesday it had revised the program for the planned auction of at least two nationwide television networks next year in order to weaken the duopoly power of the domestic market's two dominant players. The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) said the tenders would be in 2014 but did not give a narrower time frame for the plan, which aims to foster competition in an industry led by broadcaster Televisa, the world's largest producer of Spanish-language television content.
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