“Autonomy” is the play word. The Federal Telecommunications Institute says that its creation and existence serve many things in Mexico, including the elimination of long distances, portability in the country, and the reduction of communication prices in general. The president, for his part, not only does not think the same, but he is convinced that the IFT should disappear. From their point of view, an autonomous body for telecommunications in Mexico is not necessary.
The proposal of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has existed since 2021, but it is only recently that it has taken the form of an official document that is already in the Congress of the Union and that, together with the IFT, aims to eliminate 17 other decentralized organizations, such as the Federal Competition Commission (the same one that decided to investigate Google for possible monopolistic practices) and the National Transparency Institute. In response, the IFT sent a statement listing the successes achieved since its creation.
In the statement, the IFT assured that for every peso it uses, Mexicans save the equivalent of 45.50 pesos. His argument is that the work of the IFT “translates to more than 728,000 million pesos.“. The IFT did not provide details on how it arrived at the number, but it mentioned a very powerful piece of information: from June 2013 to December 2023, the communication prices in total decreased by 31.7%. At the same time, inflation. reached 62.2%.
The IFT is also behind the regulatory frameworks that led to the elimination of long distance in 2015, more Mexicans having access to mobile internet, and even the creation of rules on number portability, which make it possible for Mexicans and Mexicans to contact mobile phone companies with the help of the code sent to their cell phones, a mechanism to make changes quickly and as many times as the user wants.
The aim is for the IFT to disappear once and for all and for its powers to be administered by the Ministry of Communications.
Other achievements cited by IFT are:
- Frequency assignment “through open and transparent bidding processes, based on technical criteria, resulting in the creation of a new open television network.“.
- “Grant concessions to communities and indigenous people.“.
- 339% increase in the user base using mobile broadband.
It is not as if the presentation of the results will have any strong impact on the legislative process that seeks to abolish the Federal Telecommunications Institute. Currently, the initiative is continuing its normal process. The main obstacles for the Federal Government to eliminate the IFT will be, firstly, the votes of Congress and, secondly, the free trade agreements with the United States, Canada, and Mexico. According to the document, all countries should have telecommunications regulatory bodies. If Mexico were to abolish itself, it would be against T-MEC.