Makati City Representative Luis Campos Jr. is urging the imposition of a hefty fine on all telecommunications companies that renege on their promise to deliver faster internet speeds.
(Based on a survey done by Speedtest Global Index, the Philippines is ranked 110th in mobile and 103rd in fixed broadband internet speed among 139 countries.)
Per House Bill 7479, Campos, the husband of Makati Mayor Abigail Binay, said the National Communications Commission has the authority to impose a fine of P1 million per day or P365 million annually on
telecommunications firms found to be remiss in their obligation to provide good service to the public, who are paying them good money for their products.
President Duterte had previously threatened to shutter telecom firms who did not drastically improve their services by the end of 2020.
“Filipinos deserve faster internet speeds, so the NTC should set faster internet speed targets and then penalize the service providers that fil to deliver,” Campos said.
A prime example of a delinquent telco is DITO Telecommunity which was previously admonished in the Senate for lobbying for the renewal of its temporary operating permit (which lapses in 2023) as it had failed to deliver on its promises.
“They have not proven anything yet, so why will we grant them the franchise immediately,” according to Senator Grace Poe during a recent hearing of the Public services committee.
Ms. Poe pointed out that DITO has not yet fulfilled its promise of faster internet speed and barangay connectivity, despite the rosy picture it painted in applying for issuance of is certificate of public convenience and authority to operate as the nation’s third telecoms outfit.
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