[Advocacy Advisors] Letter to SUBTEL in Chile

Yana Welinder ywelinder at wikimedia.org
Thu Jul 17 01:33:14 UTC 2014

Hi all,

A few months ago, the Chilean Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL)
ordered certain carriers to stop selling data bundles that waive the fees
for accessing social media sites. A few news outlets reported that this
order prohibits Wikipedia Zero in Chile.[1]  But after consulting with
local advocates, we believe that the SUBTEL order is not clear on that
point. Indeed, when Marco Correa of Wikimedia Chile asked this question to
Subsecretary Huichalaf via Twitter, Huichalaf responded somewhat
ambiguously that there is not a service like Wikipedia Zero in Chile and
the order applies to "regulated companies" (presumably not Wikipedia

I wanted to let you know that we are preparing a letter to SUBTEL together
with Wikimedia Chile to ask SUBTEL to clarify that its order does not
prohibit Wikipedia Zero in Chile. Our plan is to submit the letter next

I'll share a copy of the letter and continue keeping this list updated.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts about this.


[1] Quartz (
TechPresident (
Pando (
TechDirt (

[2] https://twitter.com/huichalaf/status/473310511711682560

Yana Welinder
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Wikimedia Foundation
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