The Chamber of Deputies Commission for Economic Development, Industry, Commerce and Services approved on Wednesday (2) a bill that requires cell phones manufactured or assembled in Brazil to be equipped with an FM radio receiver. According to the proposal, companies would have to enable the function before the sale of the device in the country.
Bill 8438/2017 is authored by deputy Sandro Alex (PSD-PR) and determines that “cell phone devices that are manufactured or assembled in the country must contain the functionality of reception of radio frequency signals in Modulated Frequency” . They must be compatible with the frequencies adopted in Brazil, between 76 and 108 MHz.
In justification, the deputy states that 97% of cell phones produced in the world are already equipped with an FM radio receiver, but only 34% have the function activated. “It is obliged, therefore, that the consumer purchase a data package, for a fee, for access to transmissions via streaming, a technology more susceptible to transmission instability”, says Alex.
For the project’s rapporteur on the committee, Deputy Amaro Neto (REP-ES), “it is not reasonable that the telephone companies and the cell phone industry do not allow the reception of transmissions for commercial reasons, to the detriment of public security and consumers, who are prevented from mobile access to relevant public communication service ”.
The original proposal also provided for an implementation schedule for FM radio in cell phones manufactured in Brazil within 90 days, but a replacement removed that article. According to the current version of the text, the law should enter into force 180 days after publication.
The text will continue for analysis by the Constitution and Justice and Citizenship Commission in a conclusive character, that is, it should not pass through the plenary of the Chamber. If approved, it will be sent to the Senate before the presidential sanction.