The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is pushing for legislation on providing better internet services in the Philippines.
Teaming up with PCCI for such advocacy is Better Internet PH, a group of stakeholders and volunteers seeking futureproof policies to improve the capabilities of internet service providers in building the country’s digital infrastructure.
PCCI President George Barcelon said in a statement that the Philippines has lagged behind other Southeast Asian countries when it comes to better Internet.
Grace Mirandilla-Santos, the lead ICT policy analyst at Better Internet PH, gave a similar sentiment and drew attention to the Philippines being the only country that still necessitates the provision of legislative franchises for ISPs to operate.
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The bills the two non-government associations are pushing for in the upcoming 19th Congress are, to name a few, the Open Access in Data Transmission Act, Rural Wired Development Act, and Spectrum Management Act.
In the past, the PCCI expressed support for liberalizing satellite technology to improve internet connectivity in rural areas.
Source: Business Mirror