Solon seeks probe on data cap, removal of ?unli? offers by telecom firms

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Photo: Photo:[/caption] In House Resolution 2344, Abakada party-list representative Jonathan A. Dela Cruz said Congress should investigate the implementation of FUP on Internet users involving the scrapping of ?unlimited? marketing program and capping a user’s Internet connection upon reaching a certain volume of data. Dela Cruz said the resolution directs the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology to investigate the implementation and impact of the FUP on Internet users in relation to the mandated ?roll out? of the country’s ICT development plan. “Considering that the Asian region boasts of having the first and second fastest Internet speeds in the world, the latest survey shows that we are just a notch above Afghanistan, a war-torn country, as the laggard among Asian countries in terms of Internet speed — a dubious distinction which can be made even more damning with the implementation of the FUP,” Dela Cruz said. “Also, this policy may actually run counter to the avowed goals of the country’s telecommunications development plan including the ‘roll out’ commitments of the service providers and consigns us even further to the fringes of technological advancement, thereby limiting our ambitions to reach developed country status soonest and ultimately depriving our people of the benefits of such advances and degrading their quality of life,” Dela Cruz added. The country now has more than 100 million ICT users. The PLDT Group has 72.5 million subscribers — composed of 24.7 Million Smart subscribers, 31.9 million Talk ?N Text subscribers and Digitel/Sun Cellular with 15.8 million and a broadband subscriber base of 3.3 million. Globe, meanwhile, has 36.5 million subscribers — composed of 34.5 million Globe and TM prepaid subscribers and 1.98 million post-paid subscribers. “Despite this unprecedented avalanche of ICT users, we have yet to have a truly world class ICT service infrastructure as evidenced by our abysmal Internet speed described in most ICT trade magazines as ‘slow and so far behind’,” Dela Cruz said. ]]>

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