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What Would You Do If The NTC Bans Free Facebook?

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Let’s talk hypotheticals

Yesterday we told you about India’s equivalent of the National Telecommunications Commission┬ábanning both free Facebook and the company’s free website access initiative, internet.org on grounds of net neutrality. Net neutrality, for those not in the know, is the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking products or websites.

Facebook’s free access plan is in direct violation of this core principle, despite its altruistic goal. Remember, Facebook’s Internet.org initiative only favored a few, well established websites – smaller websites and services are not included in the free access.

Even access to free Facebook is already a violation of the net neutrality principle. Both local telcos already violate the spirit of net neutrality laws, as each one favors Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their own music and video streaming platform of choice, providing free access to them depending on who you go with.

So our question today is two fold: are you in favor of the NTC applying the same net neutrality principles here in the Philippines (assuming that they have the means to enforce it) and what would you do if free access to Facebook suddenly goes away? Would this be a good thing or a bad thing for the local tech landscape? Let us know in the comments below (and try to keep things civil folks!)

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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9 Comments

  1. Net neutrality when you pay for internet service and have all content equally as you want. When a service is given for free, it becomes a privilege and not a right anymore, so there will be no problem with a “limited” content there. That is my POV so i am for the advantage of both sides.

  2. what if NTC seriously do something about sa mga telcos na abusado, gahaman at magnanakaw sa mga subcriber nila? imagine a lag free, hyper active hyper drive internet experience.. pero mukhang malabo yun e.

  3. Nothing really, this depends on how many people will be blind or ignorant of their actions, sadly it’s the majority in this country! XD

  4. Problem with this ‘non-net neutrality’ is that the Telcos could effectively become the gate keepers and hamper competition. As of now, we don’t feel it since many of the services like video streaming is still in its infancy.

    But maybe NTC could strike a balance and force the telcos/Facebook to open the gates if it begins to be an issue to competition.

    As it is, to stop it immediately, would deprive a lot of the lower income people from Internet access.

    Another way is for Telco to provide free unlimited access (ie 20 mb a day) IF they wish to provide gated free Facebook initiative services. That way, those that need it will have the best of both worlds. Wishful thinking?

  5. Para sakin ok lang na mawala ang free FB. Maraming mga skwater ang nakakapangbiktima gamit ang FB katulad nlng ng mga SCAM. Madami din jan mga mapagpanggap na ubod ng pag iingles wala namang pinagaralan o barumbado naman. Iyan ang unang punto ko.

    Pangalawa, wala nang libre ngayon. Para-paraan lang yan ng mga telcos para makakuha sila ng mga subscribers at bumili ng unlimited na hindi naman unlimited na internet o kaya naman ng mga data na ubod ng liit, gagamitan yan ng dagdag na salitang free. Katulad na nga ng free fb at ang iba ay free viber at kung ano pa.

    Pangatlong punto, wala namang taong may kaylangan ng free FB o Free Viber o Free Spotify o kung ano-ano pang FREE kung may pambayad ka naman jan. Hindi ko naman masisisi ang iba dahil ang mga pinoy -o kaya ang mga tao sa pangkalahatan- ay mahilig sa mga libre. Basta may pagkakataong maging libre, titirahin at titirahin yan, este aabusuhin yan ng “tao”.

    Kaya para saakin sapat lang na ipasara o tanggalin ang libreng facebook.

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