Universal Service in Argentina: The Challenge of Communicating Argentina

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Universal Service in Argentina: The Challenge of Communicating Argentina

Jorge de Lucio, Senior Legal Affairs Manager, Nextel Communications Argentina S.R.L., Argentina

The Universal Service (US) in Argentina could and should be defined as the permanent, state-run program aimed at developing objective and consistent policies conducive to a genuine communication infrastructure deployment with a view to providing the public at large, and especially the most neglected sectors of the Argentine people as well as low-income people from cities far away from developed urban and rural centers, with any kind of quality and affordable communication services, whether subsidized or at a “social” fee. Every legislation has laid out the US for its jurisdiction, which is undoubtedly one of the major topics each regulator is to consider when it comes to drawing up its communication policy . Many definitions can be found on the Internet , including that of wikitel’s stating that it is the “service package all population is assured of, with minimum quality and at affordable prices” (free translation from Spanish version). This portal goes on saying that generally “price and quality are required to be geographically uniform.” It is common to see papers comparing and/or associating this term with ‘Universal Access.’

Jorge Luis de Lucio graduated at the UBA (Buenos Aires University) law program and subsequently pursued Master’s Programs in International Relations at Flacso and in Management at IAE, and also took several law specialization courses both in Argentina and abroad. He has been Assistant Teacher in Constitutional Law at the UBA School of Law and delivered various talks and courses in the field of constitutional, tax, commercial and telecommunications law. He was written about case law for La Ley and also for local management media. He worked at the legal department of Banco Francés and Citibank, then was in charge of legal and corporate counseling at Román Group to eventually become the leader of Nextel Argentina Legal Department, position he has hold from its start up to these days. He is a member of IDEA Law Division, co-founder of AIE/ARG and the Argentine chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and currently he performs as secretary of the latter. He is a member of IBA and Tax & Legal Committee VP at AmCham Argentina as well as a member of the Buenos Aires City Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires).

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