Highlights of THE MORNING

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In his morning press conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pointed out that the update of Federal Roads and Bridges (Capufe) rates corresponds to a adjustment of three percent on average which is below inflation.

“They can't be anything more than adjustments to inflation,” the president said.

The rate leveling came into effect this Wednesday, November 15 on highways and bridges concessioned to the National Infrastructure Fund (Fonadin), in order to cover expenses related to the operation and conservation of sectionsaccording to a statement from Capufe.

The president pointed out that Acapulco, Guerrero, will not enter this adjustmentas part of the Government's actions aimed at lifting the port and the areas affected by Hurricane Otis.

“In Acapulco we are not going to charge. (…) There it is not charged nor will it be charged,” she emphasized.

This Wednesday the president will visit Guerrero again with the objective of evaluating progress of the General Plan for reconstruction and support for the affected population in Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez.

  • The president stated that the media that spread the version that there are “350 deaths from Hurricane Otis” is “to undermine the Government, because the electoral period is coming,” which begins on November 20.

“About two days ago they started to spread that there were more than 300 dead in Acapulco, and it spread. And do you think it is due to lack of information, because you were surprised, it is a spontaneous matter? No, it is to undermine the Government, thinking that they will be able to discredit the Government and then the mafia will return to its power,” he said.

“On November 20, the day of the Revolution, the pre-campaigns begin, so there are going to be a lot of things, so I tell people, be careful, if you already have to be attentive and act cautiously, now more, because, as they would say in Tabasco 'and the best is the worst it's going to get', so that we don't get scared, everyone calm down," he said.

Despite these versions, the president said that no one is being censored nor will those who gave that information be asked to be fired.

“They are going to show more and more copper, but here we have ways to replicate and we all participate, and censorship is prohibited,” he said.

“There will be no censorship for anyone, we will not see the reporters. Remove them! No no no! First we must guarantee freedomit is better that there are excesses.”

  • President López Obrador affirmed that the Government, through CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos, guarantees the people's right to information and communication even in the most remote and marginalized communities.

In 2024said, there will be almost total coverage of the internet service in the national territory because “it is information to continue advancing in the development of the country.”

He added that Internet and cell phone services contribute to education and healthso the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) ensures connectivity through the creation of CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos. This non-profit company reduces the technological gap in the population.

“Before it was electrifying and now it is communicating with the internet, both things, so they are two services that go hand in hand and will be quite consolidated at the end of the government. (…) It is a revolution and it continues to advance,” she pointed out.

The subsidiary company CFE Telecommunications and Internet for All is focused on four aspects: free internet access points, cellular coverage with social rate, fiber optic network and the last mile project.

The coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, Emiliano Calderón Mercado, reported that, until November of this year, national cell phone coverage reaches 94.5 percentthat is to say, 119 million 126 thousand 994 people benefit, a figure that represents an increase of 3.5 million users in 4,783 locations compared to 2022.

This service can be accessed through SIM cards with recharge packages and affordable rates that will allow you to make calls, send text messages, browse the internet and connect to social networks.

Accompanied by the general director of the Federal Electricity Commission, Manuel Bartlett Díaz, the official indicated that 8,616 telephone towers operate, of the 12,629 projected for 2024. They are installed strategically to benefit rural communities.

The free internet service reaches schools, community spaces, hospitals, health centers and public squares in Mexico.

The National Fiber Optic Network has a current progress of 11,411 kilometersof the 22,728.7 kilometers determined as a goal at the end of 2023.

The installation of fiber optics in telephone towersbelonging to the last mile, adds 5 thousand 868 kilometers installed. This objective adapts the technology to the needs of each region to provide greater service capacity.

Regarding satellite contracts, the company Starlink Satellite Systems México, S. de RL de CV, owned by businessman Elon Musk, stood out, which offers advanced and efficient technological solutions for the purpose of connection.

Starlink Satellite Systems Mexico won the public bidding process for free internet and affordable cell phone service, by presenting the best prices on the market; The contracts will be valid until December 31, 2026.

“It is the fastest service in terms of data transfer, since there is no signal delay from the Earth to the satellites,” he explained.


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