EIR Comreg warns of legal action over “unfair” costs of USO

  • EIR Comreg warns of legal action over “unfair” costs of USO
    Independent.t. E.
    EIR is threatening to sue the Telecom regulator for what he calls “an unfair burden” on the service of rural telephone lines without public subsidy.
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EIR is threatening to sue the Telecom regulator for what he calls “an unfair burden” on the service of rural telephone lines without public subsidy.

The telecommunications company believes that its traditional legal requirements for universal service (USO) is to look at the expense of the poles, lines and equipment to remote areas is outdated.

He feels that he should be reimbursed by the state for the maintenance of such infrastructure is active.

“With the development of the telecommunications industry is becoming more and more unfair that the EIR and to make a significant financial burden OVO without any support from the rest of the telecommunications industry, which directly or indirectly benefit from effective interest rate for a private purpose,” – said the Agency interlocutor.

“EIR would like to see the introduction of the industry tax to cover the costs of unprofitable services which the EIR will be the largest, but not the only factor.”

The operator – is headed by the chief Executive Carolann Lennon, appealed to Comreg, refusing to provide costed estimates for 2016-2017 for their services in the PRD, saying that it’s too expensive to do so, and that Comreg should make the decision on expenditures for previous years USO first. EIR dissatisfied with the draft decisions of the regulator, by definition, previous years USO and says he will consider bringing Comreg to court.

The operator believes that Comreg is not fair attributing the cost to maintain the remote, rural networks will be when the competing operators can sell services without infrastructure subsidies.

“EIR will have to seriously consider the possibility of challenging these decisions, including challenging decisions by legal means, in order to achieve their legitimate claims for compensation fairly for the costs they incurred in meeting USO obligations that Comreg has imposed on the EIR,” said Kjeld Hartog, EIR Director of pricing and regulation of Finance, in a letter to Comreg, the Director of retail and consumer services, Barbara Nestor.

One bone of contention between the operator and the watchman is that the EIR does not include the costs of consulting services in the process of USO.

He says that it is unfair because it is “extremely resource-intensive, both from the point of view of time and cost.”

Comreg has responded to the legal threat EIR, reminding the operator that she had previously agreed to submit its application for USO in time and that he should not deviate from it now.

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