After a 3 yr authorized battle, the First Chamber of Mexico’s Supreme Court docket has agreed to allow a concession for the Indigenous-owned Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias (TIC) use of a radio spectrum license. In any other case, the small community-based communications group would have had to purchase a $50,000 business license. Global Voices explains (emphasis added):
This choice permits TIC to supply inexpensive cellphone providers to indigenous communities within the nation. The courtroom case additionally set a authorized precedent for native communities to function their very own telecommunications providers free of charge underneath social use concession licenses — drawing a line between business and group suppliers.
TIC, the fourth-largest mobile operator in Mexico, is a non-profit group made up of 16 indigenous communities from Oaxaca that started in 2013. In 2016, these identical communities have been granted the first indigenous social telecommunication concession to handle and function their very own cellphone networks. On the finish of 2019, they obtained a second concession for the ten GHz band, which might be used to vary their present 2G community to 4G. These have been the primary steps for indigenous communities to take cost of their very own media.
It is a optimistic story for indigenous rights, and group telecoms.
Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico [Jacobo Nájera / Global Voices]