Mexican Telecom Reform, Private Interest First?

Mexican Law Review, Vol. VIII, No. 1, Pages 47-74, December 2015

28 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017

See all articles by Clara-Luz Alvarez

Clara-Luz Alvarez

Universidad Panamericana; Universidad Panamericana, campus Mexico city; Universidad Panamericana, campus Mexico city

Date Written: December 01, 2015


English Abstract: Telecommunications reform, one of the pillars of President Enrique Peña Nieto's highly-publicized structural reforms, was enacted to recognize as human rights access to: (i) information and communications technology; and (ii) broadcasting and telecommunications services, including broadband and the Internet. The reform also gave the Mexican government the authority to sanction or even split up companies engaged in monopolistic practices, and to establish ad hoc restrictions to minimize undue market advantages for dominant industry players – defined as companies that capture 50 percent market share measured by number of users/audience, capacity or network infrastructure. This article explores several aspects of this new legislation, including regulatory agencies; media and plurality; audience and users’ rights; restrictions to minimize market manipulation; mergers; data retention and geo-localization; and access for persons with disabilities. It also examines various aspects of the legislative process, as well as some broader implications of the new law.

Spanish Abstract: La reforma de telecomunicaciones en México fue uno de los pilares de las llamadas reformas estructurales, cuyo objetivo fue reconocer a nivel constitucional el derecho de acceso a los servicios de telecomunicaciones y radiodifusión, los derechos de la audiencia, así como fijar límites a los grandes grupos corporativos de telecomunicaciones y radiodifusión. Este artículo presenta los aspectos principales de la nueva ley mexicana de telecomunicaciones (el regulador, pluralidad y medios, derechos de las audiencias y usuarios, la preponderancia, medidas contra los dominantes, concentraciones, conservación de datos y geolocalización, usuarios con discapacidad), los aspectos relevantes del proceso legislative y el análisis del proceso legislativo.

Keywords: Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Audience, Mergers, Antitrust, Plurality, Competition

Suggested Citation

Alvarez, Clara-Luz, Mexican Telecom Reform, Private Interest First? (December 01, 2015). Mexican Law Review, Vol. VIII, No. 1, Pages 47-74, December 2015, Available at SSRN:

Clara-Luz Alvarez (Contact Author)

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Universidad Panamericana, campus Mexico city


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