Bam insists PH needs new telco players to improve Internet service

Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said he still sees increased market competition as the quickest, cheapest, and best solution to improve the country’s Internet service.

Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV

Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV

“The national broadband plan is a good step but increasing competition and getting more players in the telco industry is still the quickest, most sustainable solution,” said Aquino, chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.

In previous committee hearings, Aquino said it was determined by various stakeholders that more players are needed to improve Internet service while keeping prices reasonable.

“This was the most significant finding during our Senate hearings on our slow and expensive internet in the country,” the lawmaker said.

“It was true then, it’s true now. We have to make it easier for new internet providers to enter our market,” Aquino added.

Aside from pushing for the government’s national broadband plan to improve Internet access across the country, Aquino is also working for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1277 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act, which he sponsored and co-authored.

The proposed law is expected to hurdle its third and final reading in the Senate next week.

Aquino is the co-author and principal sponsor of Republic Act 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act, which encourages healthy and fair competition in local industries by penalizing bad market behavior and abuse of dominant positions.

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