Photo Release

November 20, 2020

Poe calls for NTC re-evaluation: Sen. Grace Poe calls for the re-evaluation of the National Telecommunications Commission's performance in ensuring the monitoring of internet speed in the country. “NTC is slow to act on complaints. It doesn’t have data and if you give them more authority, I don’t know if they will use it to the advantage of the people they’re supposed to serve,” Poe said during the proposed 2021 budget deliberation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Friday, November 20, 2020. Poe said she filed a measure, Senate Bill No. 1831 or the Better Internet Act, which aims to provide reliable, secure and affordable internet by mandating the increase in service coverage and setting the threshold speed of other service standards. Under the bill, Poe explained internet providers that fail to comply with the 80/80 requirement-- that is 80 percent of their advertised speed at 80 percent of their time--would face penalties from P200,000 per day to P2 million per day. (Screen grab/Senate PRIB)