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President Alberto Fernández tightened the leash on telecommunication companies in Argentina by declaring the provision of internet, cell phone and subscription-based television as essential public services, giving the government scope to regulate prices and intervene more closely in the sector’s economics.
The announcement was the latest in a series of initiatives with a strong Kirchnerite imprint, and revived the conflict with Grupo Clarín — the country’s largest media conglomerate — which marked the eight years of Cristina Kirchner’s time as president.