Since 2010, with the enactment of Decree 7,175, which created the National Broadband Program (“Programa Nacional de Banda Larga – PNBL”) and also granted to Telecomunicações Brasileiras S.A. (“Telebrás”) the role of PNBL manager, the Federal Government has been taking some measures with the aim of promoting broadband in the country. The most recent of these is the granting of tax benefits for telecommunications projects that meet the objectives of the PNBL, recently regulated by Ministry of Communications Administrative Rule 55, of March 12, 2013.
Meanwhile, the federal government has advanced that yet another measure to stimulate broadband is about to be announced. The specialized media informed that the Office of the President’s Chief of Staff and the Ministries of Finance and Communications are working on a financing plan for broadband networks.
The objective of this plan is to fund the expansion of the telecommunications infrastructure, so that the country’s remote areas are also served by this infrastructure. Among the proposals under consideration, is the improvement of the rules for infrastructure sharing as a way of ensuring that the networks reach the less economically attractive areas. As stated by Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, it is not a case of the replacement of the copper infrastructure by optic fiber, but rather of the construction of other access networks, which could be built and operated by telecommunications service providers or other interested companies, through invitations to bid (“chamamento público”). Telebrás and the National Education and Research Network (“Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa – RNP”) would also participate in the financing plan, but with the construction of transport networks.