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MONTEVIDEO. Antel, the National Telecommunications Administration of Uruguay does not charge for their services today internet connection in solidarity with protests against the bill in the U.S. digital piracy known as SOPA.
Subscribers of ADSL services from the state for traffic or mobile Antel can now use them for free, while those who have prepaid services will have a giga free to use until the end of the month.
For people who have flat rate, Antel extended the benefit of Internet access to mobile managed by the company at home there.
With this "do not intend to interfere" in the legislation of other countries "but we aim to strengthen the principle of freedom and democracy for the network access for all customers," said the president of Antel, Cosse Carolina, told Efe.
Cosse felt that what underlies the theme is "a power struggle between huge corporations billions."
The international discussion generated around SOUP "not is alien to us" and the actions that were mentioned in these days "could affect our clients" so "we decided to reimburse" with a free day of connection, he said.
Cosse said "struggles" are "normal" in the international telecommunications sector and considered as "good" now "the issue becomes more visible."
The theme SOUP "it appears that went to the freezer," after protests by millions of Americans and international mobilizations rejection, but "remain vigilant as" the evolution and "possible consequences" for Antel and "telecommunications companies region, "
Owners and managers of Internet cafes in Montevideo Cosse coincided with that behind the initiative is SOUP, especially economic interests.
"What we seek is to get people more money," he told Efe Jorge Gil, owner of a local cyber services located in downtown Montevideo.
Who put content on the internet "will not suffer" because "they go down a song or video," he said.
In his opinion "are very powerful multinational corporations that are behind the initiative because they want to lose weight or even one single dollar," he said.
Gil said a "blackout" Internet "could be a good measure of international protest" against the U.S. legislative initiative.
Juan Carlos, in charge of another cafe in the Uruguayan capital, agreed that behind the project "is a purely economic issue."
Interests are "very strong in the middle" and companies "very powerful" than "make a lot of money but always want to win more."
These companies "push" to American politicians to vote laws "that protect the best interests" but at the same time "infringe the rights of millions of Internet users," he said.
Uruguay’s state-owned communications company is giving users a day of free Internet access in support of freedom online.
Antel says it is inspired by the Internet blackout led by U.S. search and social media companies against anti-piracy bills in the U.S. Congress. It is offering free net access on Monday.
The company says it has no position on the anti-piracy bills, but wants to strengthen the principle of free access. Although the debate is taking place far from Uruguay, the company says its clients are directly affected.