The telecom regulating agency said Thursday it had rejected a proposal by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad to increase fixed-line rates by 168 percent.
The government telephone company wanted to increase the per minute charge for fixed -line service form 4.2 colons to 11. The increase also would have affected voice over Internet service for all the firms offering such service in Costa Rica. Consequently there were objections from private vendors.
The agency, theSuperintendencia de Telecomunicaciones noted that objections were aired at a hearing Jan. 29. However, the agency asked for a three-month study of the marketplace and left open the possibility of raising rates when that is completed.