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Sen. Recto calls for 10 Mbps minimum Internet speed




After filing Senate Bill No. 2232 or the “Free Metro Manila WiFi Act of 2014“, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto files another Senate Bill called “Bilis Konek Act of 2014” that will require ISPs to offer a minimum Internet speed of 10 Mbps.

The Senate Bill 2238 or “Bilis Konek Act of 2014”, would empower the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to require all ISPs and telcos in the country to provide its consumers a minimum of 10 Mbps speed for mobile broadband/Internet access. Those subscribed to fixed and fixed wireless broadband/Internet access should have at least 20 Mbps.

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“The national march towards a broader Internet or Wi-Fi access should be in cadence with a decent Internet speed. Aanhin mo ang Wi-Fi kung puro ka naman antay?” Recto said.


In a report by Rappler, the NTC has also proposed to make Internet a “basic service” instead of “value added service”, enabling the agency to regulate speed and price.

“Internet is not a basic service [now], meaning the NTC cannot fully regulate it and I think it can be. It is already recognized as a human right,” said Senator Bam Aquino.

Senator Loren Legarda, on the other hand, suggested that rates should be reviewed and adjusted. “Fair is fair. The rates should be adjusted lower. Mali ba ako?”

{Rappler}



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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80 Responses

  1. Kami says:

    Konting push pa and i think, our legislators now can make a difference.

    Palakas naman sila sa voting population.

  2. Jason says:

    kapag disconnected ka 1 week aantayin mo… pero babayaran mo 1 month pa rin… walang bawas ang araw na walang net.

  3. fare says:

    buti sana 10mbps @ 999 php… wag nalang pag di ganun, masyadong mahal nga 5mbps

  4. Max says:

    wala namang problema na 10Mbps ang speed na gusto eh…bayad lang nga tayo ng mahal sa mga telco. Ang dapat malaman is ano ba ang fair price to pay per 1Mbps of service (and so on) … kung gusto natin mabilis ang internet, may options naman sa market ngayon eh, but we there’s a premium attached to it.

  5. easy e says:

    let us support this guys!
    ayokong umasa pero pag may public support ay pwede tumulong para maisa-batas ito. Sure yan kanya-kanyang “ligaw” ang mga telcos sa mga senators at congressmen para hindi ito maisa-batas.

  6. MM says:

    They really should. I mean, with technology and the internet being part of the global economy, it should really be mandated to increase the speed of our internet.

  7. Komento says:

    Seryoso? Malayo pa naman ang election ah.

    • archie says:

      Oks lang yan pare, hayaan natin silang magpabango at magfile ng mga bill na pabor sa taumbayan. Di rin naman malalaman ni Mr. E-VAT Recto at ibang politicians kung iboboto natin sila o hindi di ba :)

  8. Sonofa says:

    internet speed para malihis sa pork…

  9. EpiC says:

    Uhmmm, give the current Telcos good competition, let foreign companies dive and compete…

    • Boom Paness says:

      tama ka jan sir.., kung may competition ay bka magmura pa ung singil nila at kanya kanya offer pa sila ng bilis nian.. :)

  10. hays says:

    kaya naman ibigay eh..

  11. hays says:

    kung maibigay man yan.. merong cap naman.. like 5 gig or 10gig.. wala rin.. hehe

  12. Freeje says:

    In China, you pay a minimum of the equivalent of 700 pesos in most cities and the internet is fast. Maybe we need to get the Chinese to compete or let them control us? Hehe… Anyway the economy is already being controlled by them.

  13. Edz says:

    10mbps nga cap naman ng 800mb per day… WTFking sense…

    • Mon says:

      Lol

      pero mas concerned ako dun sa 3-5GB per month. 10Mbps nga net natin, pero for 1-2 days lang, the rest of the month? 2G speeds! Hahaha

  14. ke says:

    1k php = 10 mbps. pero alam ko walang mangyayari dyan.

  15. leo says:

    dapag nkalagay din s bill nila yun increase every year, kc kung halimbawa n mpatupad nga.. bka after 10 yrs eh 10mbps p dn minimum, lets say an increase of 10% yearly ang minimum. para d n ulit gagawa ng pnibagong bill.

  16. nona says:

    Either mag rereklamo mga telephone companies or “up to 10 mbps” sasabihin. Mga telco sa Pilipinas piling lagi malulugi sila kapag nagbigay ng mabilis na bandwidth.

  17. Buddha says:

    How about the “Fair Usage Policy” (internet cap)? Even at the current speeds we have this nonsense policy to deal with. How much more with 10mbps?

  18. aeron says:

    sus maryusep.. aanhin mu ang 10mbps kung lalagyan din lng ng cap. gaya ku na may comshop na umaasa sa wireless internet nagtyatyaga aku sa 3mbps ng globe na ubod ng bagal pag tumanghali hnggang hating gabi. hnd promising tlga ang wireless lalo n pag congested n ang area bagal, d n stable yung binabayaran mu ng 1k n 3mbps. gnyan ka swapang ang mga telcos. khit congested n ang area, salpak parin cla ng salpak ng mga new subscribers.

  19. Hen-Sheen says:

    10Mbps? Titch of politics? Bid for the 2016 Presidential elections!? This internet speed should be offered eons ago! I will set my expectations to normal parameters. Any higher, I might be disappointed! Is the Philippines headed into Brinksmanship? You’re asking the wrong person!

  20. boiph says:

    babaaan na lang ang price kung hindi mataasan ng telco ang speed

  21. dan says:

    Bago tayo magsalita ng “No Cap at No FUP” tangalin niyo muna ung mga “No left over, No take out, at No sharing rules sa paborito niyong vikings at buffet 101” CAP and FUP are put in place para sa heavy users/downloaders na nangaabuso higop ng higop ng data hindi naman kaya iconsume, hindi naman kinakailangan, or worst para pagkakitaan. Halos lahat ng bansa na may mabibbilis na internet ay my CAP at FUP at kung wala man itong mga bansang ito ay sobrang hihigpit sa torrents, streamings, at kung anu anu pang maituturing na illegal at pamimirata ayon sa kanila.

    • kuwan says:

      ^ this.

      mga namihasa kasi sa unlimited tong mga to.. well di rin natin sila masisisi..

    • wew says:

      @dan mali pa rin ginawa ng mga telcos, binenta nilq ung internet nila as UNLIMITED, ibig sabihin walang cap. panloloko un pare.ngaun kung inadvertise nila ung serbisyo nila na maynakaindicate na capping eh walang problema dun. sakin naman eh walang problema kung may capping, pero taasan nila dapat ung limit.kayang kaya kasing abutin ung limit kahit average user ka lang.average streaming pa lang sa youtube kaya nang ubusin ung limit. against din naman kasi ako sa mga heavy users ng torrent eh

  22. je says:

    imaintain lang nila na 5Mbps tingin ko magnificent na yan! parang Maleficent lang ang dating haha http://bit.ly/1jvQmve

  23. monde says:

    Kailangan talaga itaas speed ng internet connection kasi sa mahal ng singil ng mga telco natin dito sa Pinas. Tapos yung dsl mo pa eh pa putol putol pa..Anyare doon?! Kung di man nila kaya ang 10mbs eh di sana babaan na nila yung mga charges. Kung nagawa nga ng ibang bansa bakit sa atin di magawa?

    Dapat kasi ang regulations ay nanggagaling sa government at hindi sa telco. Kung mahigpit sila sa lahat ng bagay eh di sana hindi magkakaroon ng ganitong problem. Biruin mo natalo pa tayo ng Thailand?! Anong meron?! Kung hindi pa ilalabas ang ganitong survey, di pa aalma?!

  24. wew says:

    sangaayon ako sa pagpapataas ng min. pseed,pero sobra naman ata ung 10 mbps.cguro 5,pwede,tska mas mukhang makatotohanan pa.

  25. wettew says:

    Before some politician proposes legislations that are technology related, they better research and do some consultations with the industry people and those that would benefit the law. Yung 10 or 20mbps can be easily achieved by most access (last mile) existing technologies today. Hindi problema ang mga yan from telco co/nodes going to subscribers. Even at the core network most can likely support that requirement. The poblem is yung aggregate na bandwidth ng mga ISPs as their gateway to the internet/world. Imagine a 300gbps aggregate bandwidth of a major telco paghahatian ng ilang milyong subs. It’s even depressing yung mga tier3 isps na bumili lang ng bandwidth (transit) sa mga majot isps natin. One example is an island telco company whose total internet bandwidth they bought from a major telco is only 40mbps. Others that i know of have much lower capacity.

    The best and more efficient solution is the establishment of a national IX and every isp must interconnect to that. Then major internet websites/services can just connect to that IX para patas lahat. Youtube and facebook and ny other popular web services will just have to provide thir own giant pipe to the local IX at mas maximize ang ibang bandwidth palabas ng bansa natin. My two cents.

    • Cess says:

      Well said. Dapat kasi alamin rin muna ng lawmakers pano ba gumagana ang internet. Hindi puro kuda.

  26. lite36 says:

    10mbps for downloading or streaming. but since downloading copyrighted materials remains illegal and yet rampant given present bandwidth, 10mbps is overkill. the senator should also include in his research how Filipinos really use internet nowadays.

    • archie says:

      Hindi lang naman ang mga downloaders ang makikinabang doon. Mga graphic artist na gumagamit ng adobe cloud, mga architect na kailangang magpadala ng 3d render designs sa ibang bansa thru email. Marami ang makikinabang nito sa industry dahil di na sila maoobliga na kumuha ng dsl corporate account na napakamahal.

    • aze says:

      tama si archie, bibilis din ang mga government transactions lalo na sa mga probinsya na kumokonekta ang mga makina sa servers dito sa manila. ie LTO, NBI

    • sfpro says:

      cguro taga globe o smart ka.. kaw lng ata tumutotol ah.. umayus ka ha ser a.. need nmin ang mlakas n net lalo na sa shop ku. kung ikaw d mu need manahimik ka n lng.. no offnce thnjk you

    • tata lino says:

      Naku po, huwag ka masyadong magmarunong, medyo close minded ang pag-iisip mo.

    • Savadious says:

      10Meg is not overkill when you have a large family and one uses Skype while another watches public videos on youtube leaving the last person with not enough speed to play a simple online game.

      Those 3 tasks alone can being a 10Meg home network to its knees. Doing that on less. You may as well have all family members wait in line for 1 pc… thus removing the “basic right” form internet and once again keeping it in the optional resource category… It is a good idea to keep up with neighboring countries… we were once on top… let us do what we can to get back closer to the top.. and not fall behind DECADES in a technology that can be managed just as lawmakers are trying to do now.

    • cyruscvc says:

      Do your research too, because we have the slowest internet in Southeast Asia. Shameful.

      http://technology.inquirer.net/35596/ph-has-slowest-internet-in-southeast-asia

  27. jakerson says:

    Gagawin ngang 10mbps pero sobrang mhal naman…tapos ndi pa stable parang sayng lng sa peran yan….about sa pag gamit man ng internet wala na tau siguro mgwwa if kalukuhan ang gagawin nila sure ako bayad ng tama un..kaya maraming hackers eh dahil sa hindi tamng speed nankukuha ng consumer…kung walng problema sa speed walng hacker…..

    • Jandy says:

      Papabilisin na nga andami mo pang reklamo.

    • Marky says:

      bobo kang jakerson ka

    • Aiden Pierce says:

      Ndi ibig sabihin na mabilis ang internet speed mawawala na hacker.. lalo pa nang dadami .. bugok ka talaga

    • tata lino says:

      hindi naman nagkaroon ng hackers para lang magmodify ng cannopy or mag tweaks ng bandwidth speed nila. kung kilala mo ang anonymous ay maiintindihan mo ako. medyo irrelevant ng konti ang hackers na tinutukoy mo.

    • wew says:

      @aiden pierce wag kang bugok.may common sense ka diba?xempre ang tinutukoy niya ung mga nanghahack para magkaroon ng libreng internet.

  28. gadgeteer says:

    haay salamat, meron din gagawin si recto para sa lahat, akala ko tuluyan nang inutil ito. o baka naman porma lang ito, tapos pag nagkalagayan na naman wala na rin mangyayari.

  29. Adware says:

    Stop making stupid scrap laws. Draft law wisely. 10mbps today will be slow tomorrow. ang hilig nilang gumawa ng batas na disposable. they should listen to consumers, do researches, consult the experts and make a case study at least. Stop making stupid scrap laws. Draft law wisely. 10mbps today will be slow tomorrow. ang hilig nilang gumawa ng batas na disposable. they should listen to consumers, do researches, consult the experts and make a case study at least.

    • meow says:

      as if drafting law is just some idea thrown in black and white and proposed to senate.

      of course they have research body to do it, duh!

      it wouldn’t even be considered an “act” if senate does not find it interesting.

  30. Krypton says:

    Asa naman tayo. Dun nga sa CAP na nireklamo ni Angara (tama ba?) may nangyari ba?!?

  31. mayweather says:

    alam nya mismo na malabo yan kasi marami factors ang kailangan consider. ang avg speed natin 1mbps then jump ng 10x. gusto lang gumawa ng pera nyan si recto from telco lobbyists. syempre pag nabigyan na, tigil na ang pagsulong ng batas. isa yan sa mga raket sa senado / konggreso lalo pag dehado ang big companies. sana gumawa nalang batas na praktikal at ginamitan ng konting research.

  32. Hentai Kamen says:

    Good News: 10mbps internet speed!
    Bad News: 3Gb per month limit and will be capped to 2G afterwards

  33. Tsukiko Miranda says:

    Fools,this is possible. Some of the top billionaires of the world are Filipinos including the owner of the telecoms and ISP in our country. Why else do you think they earn billions? They took advantage of us having expensive internet but low speed. In the Us they have google fiber having up to 700+ mbps and only cost lang $20. They have to pass this law. It’s a must. We are the only country where the internet is slow and expensive and has crappy service. Our country can afford better internet. You people are naive for thinking that we can’t

    • archie says:

      Agreed. Walang problem sa technology, kayang kaya nating sabayan ang speed sa ibang bansa. Talagang monopoly, corruption and telco lobbyists lang ang kalaban ng internet advancement sa bansa natin.

    • archie says:

      I was expecting squatter comments na magsasabing “Eh di pumunta ka ng America”. The trauma of reading Pinoy comments haha.

    • ana nimus says:

      Like… +1…

    • minuscule says:

      eh di pumunta ka ng amerika

  34. Cywel says:

    haha yung problema sa capping unahin wag yang speed, asa naman tayo kung mura yang 10mbps na gusto niya. 10mpbs nga 3Gb/month naman. Saklap nun.

    • Jandy says:

      That is abuse-driven thinking. Majority of need for internet as “basic service” doesn’t include high bandwidth allocation. There is a reason bakit may capping, to prevent abuse. On the other hand, if you increase speed you also increase reliability in general, since most people use internet fo mail, social networking, surfing. Why the hell would those require beyond 3gig allocation? As long as these needs are addressed, that bill becomes a real-life benefit. Hirap senyong mga hoggers ng internet puro media consumption nasa isip.

    • Jedited says:

      @jandy: do you know that 3gb a month would mean that you can only stream youtube hd videos at highspeed for about 300 mins a month? That is only 10mins a day. Don’t be fooled by the reliability excuse of the telecoms, they should be upgrading, not downgrading services.

    • ana nimus says:

      @jandy at paano naman yung mga ofw’s na contstant ang communications sa pamilya nila dito sa pamilya(i.e. skype) are they tied to a limited no. of minutes na sinasabi nung cap, inspite di lang namn yun ang magiging gamit nung line nila within a month.. nbrainwash ka na ba sa mga explanations ng mga telcos… think…think..think…. are those heavy users… per se…. only are those downloading torrents…..

    • Jandy says:

      @ana nimus
      I am not brainwashed by telcos, but if you know basic economics, you will know the implication of law of supply and demand in this regard. Again as I said, the general public. Our dear OFW folks is not part of that, so if they have special needs, they need to pay extra for it. That is unfortunately how it works, my friend.

      @Jedited
      I am not fooled by the reliability promises of telcos. This isn’t even about the telcos, this about some guy trying to pass a bill which i think is disposable in few years time. Anyway, re the 3GB a month for youtube needs, dear friend, why would I rely on mobile data if I have heavy media content needs? Wouldnt i be considering getting DSL or fiber instead? And why are you arguing with youtube minutes as you basis of “basic service?” Not everyone is concerned with that, at least not the majority of internet users. Again, if you think you have SPECIAL NEEDS like watching more than 300minutes of streaming videos a month, then you pay extra for more bandwidth. Simple.

      Andami daming factors kung bakit mahal pa ang internet sa Pinas other than “greed of telcos.” Do your research, wag pa-feed sa mainstream media.

    • wew says:

      @Jandy hindi naman lahat ng nagsusubscribe sa mobile data eh on-the-go internet lang ang purpose.meron iba na for home use talaga kasi wala namang dsl o fiber na available sa area nila. tska diba panloloko ginawa ng mga telco?inadvertise nila as UNLIMITED tapos bigla nilang lalagyan ng capping?!ngayon, kung inadvertise pa nila un na may capping, ok lang.actually, wala naman problema sakin angmay capping, para nga naman hindi maabuso ng mga nagtotorrent lang.pero masyado kasing mababa ung 3gig per month, kahit 10 mins/day na youtube, ubos na, moderate usage lang un ah.tas fb pa,etc. sana magawa man lang ng telcos na maging unlimited pero moderate usage.

  35. totnaks says:

    Maraming makikinabang dito. Pero sana unahin nila yung mga estudyante sa mga pangbulikong eskwelahan or yung mahihirap na kababayan. Masasayang ang budget para dito, 2 or 3 years from now bibilis din ang services sa internet kasi di naman magpapahuli ang mga pinoy. IMO

  36. jherwynne says:

    Telcos are saying that capping/FUP has been a practice in the other countries kaya nag-implement sila. Sana gayahin din nila ang ibang bansa in providing better internet speed which also has been a practice in the other countries!

    • archie says:

      Indeed, may capping sa ibang bansa pero hindi ganun kababa ang limit at hindi kasama ang facebook/internet surfing sa cap. Pinipiga lang talaga ng local telcos ang technology. They advertise services such as PLDT fiber as new and innovative para makapaningil nang mahal but in truth, 3 years ago pa yung technology na minamarket nila. Juicing the most out of the consumers dahil wala din namang ginagawa ang NTC.

  37. Toxic says:

    useless din to kung mababa capping at a yaw nil a mag interconnect to each other.

  38. Justine Remosura says:

    Now this makes sense…
    May mabuting naipatupad din ang gobyerno
    khet papano… ~_~

  39. Adrian says:

    20 Years of internet in the country, ang bilis pang 1999… where is the future in that…

  40. jefferson says:

    dapat talagang ibilis ang internet connection natin..kasi Pilipinas na lang ang nahuhuli kung titignan nating ang internet speed sa ibang bansa walang wala ang Pilipinas, naiiwan tayo.

  41. vince says:

    overkill na ang 10mbps unless meron kang special needs. meron ba nakalagay na dapat maging affordable ang 10mbps? alam ko wala

    i have 2.5mbps and ok na yun for normal people. mas important sa akin ang unlimited no cap kesa sa high speed

    mas important ang 1. no capping and 2. dapat pareho ang speed sa advertised speed otherwise pwede ipaputol without lock in penalty and 3. reliable ang service otherwise pwede ipaputol without lock in penalty

  42. Peenoy says:

    Para sa akin wala naman problem kung average speed sa bansa natin is 2mbps ang sakin lang dapat “STABLE” as in literal na “STABLE” ang speed nya.

  43. juan dela cruz says:

    DAPAT UNAHIN MO SEN. RECTO ALISIN ANG FAIR USAGE POLICY SA INTERNET AANHIN NAMIN ANG MABILIS NA CONNECTIN KUNG MAY LIMIT NAMAN ANG DATA WALA DING.. IMPLEMENT NYO AGAD ASAP ALISIN ANG LINTEK N FUP N YAN

  44. John the Cross says:

    Sana mapatupad, lalo na yung nag download ng games from steam and/or origin like me and always stream movies and videos in 1080p resolution, syempre, gagawin nilang righteous ang price over speed.

  45. lag palagi says:

    Dapat i define ng tama ang 10mbps.. hinde lang download. DAPAT UPLOAD AND DOWNLOAD 10 mbps

    etong mga ISP, ang damot magbigay ng upload speed, lahat sila halos 0.7 mbps lang ang speed.

    Mr. Senator…. paki state dapat upload and download speed yang sinasabi mo.. please lang.

  46. Graz says:

    Personally I think the Gov’t needs to invest in telecommunications first before telling companies to use their own money to upgrade.

    I don’t work for telcos but I’d expect it would cost so much to upgrade that it regardless if income is still generated, it doesn’t justify the costs to produce that bandwidth.

    Madali sabihin na “Dapat 10/100/1000mbps min speed” and madali lang din magcompare sa ibang bansa ng speed pero intindihin niyo din na ang mga ibang bansa yun gobyerno nila nagbibigay ng pera para ayusin ang mga itong problema. Eh tayo? Hanggang salita lang yun pera pumunta sa Pork Barrel, etc.

    I’d love to get an extra boost of 10mbps to my internet connection – I mean who wouldn’t? I’m not defending Globe & Smart/PLDT that they shouldn’t upgrade (they should no matter what) – I just wish the Government can do more than just telling companies what to do (because if hindi maguupgrade ang Globe/Smart – ano gagawin ng gov’t? Tanggalin services nila? Saan na tayo kukuha ng internet?)

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