Each household that must modify its TNT will have to pay 20 euros according to the government

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, has confirmed that the expenditure that the next renewal of the DTT for the citizens concerned, it will be 20 euros per household.

The modification of the installations to continue to tune in to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is still relevant. In the framework of the XXVI Telecommunications Meeting being held this week in Santander, this controversial issue has come back to the fore. Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, on behalf of the Government, confirmed some of the figures that the Executive is managing regarding this massive reintegration that must be carried out in the coming months and that will mean a new expenses for some citizens.

Specifically, the Secretary of State for Telecommunications has confirmed that it will be 1,200,000 the number of blocks buildings that will be affected and will bear the cost of 300 million euros estimated by the Government for the reintegration to be carried out. This means, in the words of Calvo-Sotelo, that each household affected by the measure will pay on average 20 euros to continue tuning DTT channels.

Break with the promise of the previous government

The politician said that “the government has made a big effortto minimize the impact on citizens’ pockets. However, his statements contrast with the measure adopted by the executive, which broke with the intentions of the previous government, which promised to fully assume the payment of the rental with the money raised by the auction of the radioelectric space to which involved the telecommunications operators in the call digital dividend. Faced with this situation, José Manuel Soria, Minister of Industry, defended himself by arguing that “this government cannot answer for what the previous one did”.

As we saw a few days ago, the current government will provide 45 million euros in subsidies to minimize the payment to neighboring communities, although this will not prevent the citizens concerned from contributing out of pocket. The decision did not convince consumer associations, who even filed a complaint with the government for having diverted to deficit reduction millionaire funds provided by broadband operators.