The Table of the Congress of the Deputies decided definitively to close the term of amendments to the law of Terrestrial Digital Television since the unique group that wanted the extension of the term was “popular” the Parliamentary Group.
ERC, that also had asked for the extension of the term of amendments, retired their proposal before the meeting. Until the moment, four extensions to the term
of presentation of amendments had taken place already and is traditional in the operation of the House of Representatives that, in that point, closes the extensions.
However, the president of the Camera, Manuel Marin, explained that in the meeting of the Commission of Industry of the next Wednesday it will be possible to be approved, if reaches an agreement unanimously, that takes place appearances of experts in the procedure of this Project of Law. If this circumstance occurs, it would entail a new term of amendments.
The Project of Law of urgent measures for the impulse of the terrestrial digital television, of liberalization of the television by cable and of promotion of pluralism will the past transact in the ordinary terms after the votes of CiU and PP prevented in the Table, 8 of March, the proposal of the PSOE to apply the emergency proceeding.
The text approved in Cabinet the past month of February advances to two years the date limit of the period of transition to the terrestrial digital television, the denominated “analogical blackout”, that will take place in 2010. It contemplates in addition the launching to local televisions from December of 2005, and state digitalizes as of autumn of 2005.
In addition, an agreement with the audio-visual sector will settle down to start up a plan of unfolding of digital collective antennas and equipment of receivers and televisions with new technology; and one goes ahead from December of 2009 to the summer of 2005 the plan of liberalization of the diffusion of radio and television by cable.
The project eliminates the maximum limit of three concessions of television of national scope, which leaves the abierta door to the concession of new analog channels; and it modifies the limitations of action of the radios in Modulated Frequency (FM).
(the World, 28-03-05)