Why not make Internet basic service in PH?


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In a Senate hearing on May 28, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), which regulates telcos, proposed making Internet a “basic service” instead of a “value added service.” This would mean giving government the ability to regulate speed and price, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said. Senate trade committee chairman Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV agreed with the NTC’s proposal. He said Internet should be made a basic service by amending the Public Service Act of 1936.

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