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Bam Aquino Wants Higher Fines Against Erring Telcos

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He wants to give the NTC teeth

One of the biggest problems when consumers file complaints against telcos for not delivering the right service, are the fines. Under the current provisions of the Commonwealth Act No. 146 or the Public Service Law, telcos are fined a laughably low fine of just Php 200 per day for infractions. We don’t need to tell you how ridiculously low that fine is.

But if Senator Aquino’s Senate Bill No. 3208 gets through, then telcos will be facing a fine of anywhere between Php 300,000 to Php 5 million a day for each violation of any certificate, authority, resolution or regulation of the National Telecommunications Commission, which would give the government body more leverage and ultimately greater power to enforce its rulings.

And that amount won’t remain static as well – the bill also gives the NTC the power to increase the fines every five years.

“With heavier penalties, NTC can expect greater compliance from Internet providers to standards and regulations that have been set to advance Internet quality in the Philippines,” Aquino said.

With OpenSignal ranking the country’s LTE speeds as one of the slowest in the world (freaking Kazakhstan has faster LTE speeds than us) this bill couldn’t come at a better time. Here’s to hoping that the bill passes through the Senate without getting railroaded.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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22 Comments

  1. meron na estong hanapin mo nalng sa gma7 news ang nang yare is bagsak or napakabagal ng speedtest na ginamawa

  2. CLAP CLAP CLAP…
    CHAMPION !!!

    THIS BILL SHOULD
    BETTER BE SERIOUS
    & TRULY SINCERE…

    OTHERWISE, THIS WILL
    TURN OUT TO BE NEXT
    BIGGEST JOKE FROM
    THE SENATORS AFTER
    THE NTC CLOWNS !!!

  3. eh PUTANG-INIS naman bat ngayon lang kung saan panahon na ng kampanya masyadong kang PAEPAL tsong… NO to AQUINO!!! LALO NA SI MAR!!! PUTANG-INIS SIGE IBOTO NIO!!!

    1. Kung magagawa ni Bam Aquino ang hindi (o ayaw?) magawa ng iba, then why not?

      Huwag kalimutan ang iyong ampalaya con carne dyan. 🙂

  4. OMG!!!

    AS WE ALL INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS KNOW & UNDERSTAND, BOTH THE NTC & THE DTI ARE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES “OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE, BY THE FILIPINO PEOPLE & FOR THE FILIPINO PEOPLE”, BUT THE CURRENT REALITY OF THINGS IS THAT BOTH ARE NO WHERE SERVING THE INTERESTS OF THE FILIPINO MASSES.

    THEY ARE BOTH WORTHLESS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

    THEY WILL NEVER BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, THEY ARE BOTH SIMPLY COMPLICATIONS TO THE PROBLEM.

  5. NTC… ???

    THEY HAVE NOT DONE THEIR JOBS IN DECADES… WHAT IS SO GOOD IN THAT?

    FOR SO LONG, MANY INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SCAMMED BY THE ISP SCAM BUGS… WHAT IS SO GOOD IN THAT?

    FOR THE LONGEST TIME, THESE USELESS ISPs HAVE TURNED THE BLIND EYE & THE DEAF EAR ON THE SUBSCRIBERS’ COMPLAINTS… WHAT IS SO GOOD IN THAT?

    THE SUBSCRIBERS’ PAYMENTS HAVE BEEN STOLEN & LIED TO BY THESE SCUM BUG ISPs WHOSE GOOD SERVICE WERE ALL JUST PROMISES… WHAT IS SO GOOD IN THAT?

    IT IS ONLY NOW THAT NTC IS DOING THEIR JOBS DUE THE 2016 NATIONAL ELECTIONS JUST TO PROTECT THE IMAGE OF THEIR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MAR ROXAS FROM THE VIOLENT PUBLIC CLAMOR… WHAT IS SO GOOD IN THAT?

    THIS REPORT IS PURE PATRONAGE OF THE DEVIL NTC!!!

    THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING SO GOOD IN THAT… IS THERE?!?!?!

    PNOY: “EH D WOW!!!”

  6. TOTOO-REALLY-HONTO-TALAGA???

    WOW !!!

    FINE THE TELCOS… PWEDE ???

    INTHIS CASE… FUCKING YOUR
    OWN ASS IS A LOT EASIER !!!

    THE NTC IS NOW TESTING THE INTERNET SPEEDS OF THE LOCAL TELCOS!!!

    WOW… IF & WHEN THE SIGNALS COME OUT TO BE REALLY SLOW, THEN WHAT NOW???

    WOW… NTC WILL REPRIMAND THE ERRING TELCOS!!! REALLY???

    WOW… NTC WILL PENALIZE THE TELCOS!!! SURE???

    WOW… DO YOU BELIEVE THIS…

    SINCE WHEN DID THE DEVIL BETRAY SATAN ?!?!?!

    WOW !!!

    SUN CELLULAR : CHOOSE BITTER

    SUN CELLULAR : CHOOSE BUWITRE

    SUN CELLULAR : IT’S YOUR CHORE-VA

    PWEEEEE !!!!!!

  7. OMG!!!

    FELLOW FILIPINO SUBSCRIBERS, DOES ANYONE OF YOU BELIEVE ANY OF THESE HULLABALOO ON SPEED TESTING THE LOCAL TELCOS.

    SINCE WHEN DID THE DEVIL BETRAY SATAN???

    IN ALL OF INTERNET HISTORY, SINCE WHEN HAS NTC LIFTED A SINGLE FINGER IN PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF THE LOCAL SUBSCRIBERS???

    NEVER!!!

    SO WHY NOW???

    INSTEAD NTC IS BEHOLDEN ONLY TO THE WELFARE OF THESE OPPRESSIVE TELCOS WHO FEED THE MOUTHS OF THESE NTC SCAMBUGS!!!

    NTC IS THE WORST TRAITOR TO THE FILIPINO PEOPLE SINCE THE WORLD WARS!!!

    HAVE THEY ALREADY RENEWED THEIR CORRUPT WAYS??? MAY BE NOT IN THE NEXT 10 MORE WORLD WARS!!!

    THE NTC = PNOY = MAR ROXAS…

    WOW… !!!

    WHAT A CATASTROPHE, WE ARE ALL DOOMED IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS!!!

    THEREFORE, WHAT RELIEF IS EVER LEFT TO THE FILIPINOS?

    ONLY THIS :
    VOTE ANY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BUT MAR ROXAS…

    PLEASE LANG..,

    UTANG NA LOOB !!!

  8. NTC is conniving with
    the TELCOS in
    scamming the public,
    this is clear & obvious
    as daylight….

    ME & HUNDRED OTHERS
    SHOULD ALL KNOW
    VERY WELL COZ WE
    ARE ALL VICTIMS OF
    SUN CELLULAR (aka SMART)…

    WE ARE ALL BEING
    COMPELLED TO PAY BIG
    FOR THEIR LOUSY SERVICE…

    SCAM!!!

    where is NTC???

    where is PNOY???

    where is MAR ROXAS???

    what!!!

    again sleeping on duty???

    as always,

    SIYA AY NASA

    “TULOG NA DAAN”

    hayyy nakuuu

    waleyyy !!!

  9. HURRAY!!!

    GUYS LETS ALL SUPPORT
    SENATOR CHIZ ESCUDERO
    FOR CHAMPIONING THE OPPRESSED INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS IN THIS
    COUNTRY.

    THE GOOD SENATOR
    JUST DIRECTED THE
    NTC TO GO AFTER THE
    EERING & THE “PASAWAY”
    ISP TELCOS TO STOP
    FRAUDING THEIR LOWLY SUBSCRIBERS & IMPROVE
    THE SPEEDS OF THEIR
    INTERNET NETWORKS
    OR ELSE…

    PNOY & MAR ROXAS…
    WHERE ARE THE TWO
    OF YOU, WHAT ARE
    YOU BOTH DOING?????……
    COME ON, DO SOMETHING!!!

    NO ONE WILL EVER VOTE
    FOR MAR ROXAS IF HE
    JUST KEEPS QUIET & NOT
    AT LEAST SAY SOMETHING!!!

    KAHIT HUGOT LINE LANG
    WALA PA RIN ???

    HAYYY NAKUUU

    WALEYYY TALAGA !!!

  10. Wow thats good news. Ok lng kahit tumaas ng onti ang price ng lte natin as long as mabilis. Sa ngyn kasi medyo useless ang lte natin since its only as fast if not slower sa 3g speed ng ibang country. Ang lakas pa sa battery. Sana maipasa on time.

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