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Ergen hit by Mexican fine

Charlie Ergen’s joint-venture in Dish Mexico with billionaire Carlos Slim’s Telmex operation has been hit with a fine by Mexico’s Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) for failing to observe the rules of its DTH concession to operate over Mexico.

However, the problem is not likely to ruffle too many feathers. The Telmex fine was for US$286,000 (€270,200), small change for the pair. Besides, an appeal against the decision is likely.

The IFT says that Telmex entered into a number of contracts that allowed it to indirectly carry certain television services, which is prohibited by the concession agreement.

Carlos Slim’s spokesperson says that it is studying the IFT decision, and would appeal.

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