Internet users to VP bets: Break up telecom monopoly
MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos deserve better Internet.
This was the battlecry of Rappler's advocates when the Pilipinas 2016 vice presidential debate turned to connectivity. (READ: VP bets on Internet speed: Improve infra, more competition)
The discusson on the power of telecommunication companies over the country's internet connectivity, in particular, drew strong reactions from them, and prompted them to offer different solutions.
Their solutions were divided into two: make telecommunication companies state-owned or increase competition by allowing more telecommunication companies.
Duopoly on telecommunications hinder improvement on telecommunications. Allow competition to improve on infrastructure and services. #PHVote— Emil Tapnio (@EmilTapnio) April 10, 2016
The more Telcos, the more connected we are. #PHVote— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 10, 2016
During the debate, candidates railed about the slow Internet speed, and the lack of government attention on the matter.
Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo blamed the monopoly on the lack of regulation and government action.
The country's slow Internet has been a major problem for the country in recent years.
Although the government has pegged the minimum broadband speed at 256 kilobits per second (kbps), many are still dissatisfied.
Social media reactions to the Senate hearing on the matter called out telecommunication companies for their poor service. (READ: PLDT, Globe provide poor #PHInternet services – netizens)
In 2015, companies urged the government to remove the red tape to streamline the process of securing rights to build cell sites.
The question now, however, is: will they be able to deliver on their promises? – Rappler.com