A complaint filed before the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) wants to recall the frequencies assigned to NOW Telecom.
The complaint consists of 22 pages and was filed by Mirzilyn Abarabar, Marlowe Zarate, and Maira Veronica Aquino, who were said to be taxpayers living in Pangasinan. They want the NTC to recall the radio frequencies assigned to NOW Telecom and the non-payment of Spectrum User Fees (SUF).
It’s said that the supposed-to-be fourth telco wasn’t able to fulfill its promise to the public, and “there were no developments done outside Metro Manila much more any improvements made in Metro Manila.” The complainants say that the telco “never operated in Pangasinan and Baguio City.”
Moreover, the complaint says that neither signal towers nor a physical office were built in their localities and even in other areas where they were supposed to operate.
NOW Telecom holds a congressional franchise for 25 years. The law made the NTC issue a provisional authority to allow the telco to install, operate, and maintain a mobile telecommunications system across the country.
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But contrary to NOW Telecom’s submitted projections, only 10 stations in 6 sites were installed, way below the projected 2,036 stations in 245 sites.
Based on the company’s audited financial statement (AFS), their only source of income was derived from NOW Corp., which is a publicly listed company but doesn’t have the said congressional franchise.
NOW Corp. is said to be using NOW Telecom’s PA and network, together with affiliated companies such as NOW Cable and Newsnet, and continuously operates as a public telco company.
The complainants added that NOW Telecom managed to evade the SUF payment, which deprived the government of funds that were needed to implement the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act.
Referring to the Public Telecommunications Policy, the complainants added that the “Payment of the required SUF is one of the conditions contained in practically all the CPCNs/PAs issued by the NTC as also required by RA 7925.”
They also want the collection of the required SUF and penalties and for the telco to face the right sanctions and penalties.
Via: The Manila Times