Globe Telecom expressed its support for a bill being re-filed in Congress that will require property developers to designate enough space for network infrastructure in housing projects.
Isabela Rep. Faustino Dy V announced that he would refile a new version of House Bill 10388, also known as the Housing Development Digital Connective Act, anticipating that it will pass deliberations in the 19th Congress.
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In his call on Congress to prioritize the bill, Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu described the bill as crucial for connectivity and would enable the company to serve more households. He also said that the bill would be advantageous to people as he deemed that “internet access has become a lifeline.”
House Bill 10388 passed the third and final reading in the 18th Congress last December but failed to reach the bicameral committee stage and become law during the Duterte administration.
Opposed to the bill at the time include homeowners’ associations who cite perceived health risks, despite the FDA having already stated that cell sites do not pose a health hazard.