Only P200 fine? Higher penalties sought for telcos that don’t provide apt internet speeds

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is proposing an increase in the penalties imposed on telecommunication companies for their failure to deliver apt internet speeds.

During the Senate deliberations on the budget of DICT, Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the committee onpublic services, asked what penalties are imposed on telecommunication companies to deliver to their customers their advertised internet speeds.

Specifically, Poe used as a reference Senate Bill No. 1831 or the proposed Better Internet Act which states that telecommunication companies shall provide to their subscribers 80 percent of their advertised speed available…

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