Bam Expects NTC’s MC on Mobile Broadband to be Fair for Everyone

Senator Bam Aquino expects the National Telecommunications Commission’s memorandum circular (MC) on advertised speed of mobile broadband Internet to be fair for everyone.

“With 90 percent of our Internet users connect from mobile broadband, we need to ensure that this memorandum circular will be a win-win solution for everyone,” said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, referring to the MC that will be released in November.

“Inaasahan natin na makukuha ng taumbayan ang bilis na ibinibida sa mga patalastas at ads,” Sen. Bam, who has continued to spearhead the Senate investigation on the slow and expensive Internet connection in the country.

Earlier, the NTC released Memorandum Circular No. 07-08-2015 for fixed-line broadband internet, such as DSL, fiber, and cable.

The MC states that broadband must have data connection speed of at least 256 kilobits per second (kbps) – the standard of the International Telecommunications Union.

Based on the memorandum circular, Sen. Bam said consumers may file a complaint against a telco if it fails to deliver the promised advertised speed.

Also, Aquino said the government must put premium on improving the country’s Internet infrastructure, especially in far-flung areas to give more Filipinos access to the world wide web.

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