The electricity-generating plants in Chile produced 50.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2006. The fast-flowing rivers that descend from the Andes and the coastal ranges are rich sources of hydroelectric power. In 2006 about 56 percent of Chile’s energy was generated from waterpower.
Chile has a wide variety of modern communications media. In 2004 the country had 59 daily newspapers. El Mercurio, La Nación, and La Tercera de la Hora, all published in Santiago, have considerable influence. The constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the media, and the media are able to criticize the government and retain their independence. Television includes a national government network, several independent stations, and many cable networks. In 1997 there were 354 radios and 244 televisions in use for every 1,000 residents; there were 211 telephone mainlines per 1,000 inhabitants in 2005. "Chile" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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