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Administrative Decision

Conatel, Administrative Procedure

In March 2014, Conatel demanded that the ISPs block websites that illegally trade wildlife, basing this demand on a decision made by a court in Caracas. In spite of the queries made by some organizations and individuals, obtaining reliable information about this procedure has been not possible. The affected ISPs did not make any public statements.
Administrative Decision

Conatel, Administrative Procedure

Conatel opened administrative procedures against 8 ISPs. Those ISPs hosted information portals where the cost of the black market dollar was published (Venezuela has a foreign currency exchange control policy and this is forbidden by a special law). In spite of the queries made by some organizations and individuals, obtaining reliable information about this procedure has been not possible. The affected ISPs did not make any public statements.

General Resources - Venezuela

Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones de Venezuela (Conatel) Venezuelan National Commission of Telecommunications, http://www.conatel.gob.ve Freedom House, Freedom on the Net, Venezuela, http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2013/venezuela#.U9BdWkCTErM
Legislation

Ley de Responsabilidad Social en Radio Televisión y Medios Electrónicos [ResorteME] [Law of Social Responsability in RadioTelevision and Electronic Media], Official Gazzette No. 39.579

In December 2010, the National Assembly of Venezuela adopted a reform of the Law of Social Responsibility in Radio and Television, extending regulation to online and electronic media. ( 1 ) Under the amended law, websites may be fined for content posted by a third party and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who do not respond to government inquiries risk high fines and temporary suspension of operations (Articles 27 and 28). ( 2 ) This law empowers the regulatory entity "Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones de Venezuela (Conatel) Venezuelan National Commission of Telecommunications" to open "administrative procedures" against ISPs. Administrative procedures do not involve lawsuits and judicial review, those are instructions given by Conatel that ISPs must comply under severe penalties imposed by the ResorteMe law.