A partylist representative is seeking an investigation into the implementation of the fair use policy of Internet service providers in the country to find out why the speed of broadband connections here remain one of the slowest in Asia.
Representative Jonathan Dela Cruz of the ABAKADA partylist organization filed House Resolution 2344 asking the Committee on Information and Communications Technology to investigate the impact of “slow yet expensive” Internet connectiona in the country.
ABAKADA is a partylist ally of the National Unity Party (NUP) under the Coalition for Peace and Development.
He noted that broadband connection speeds in the Philippines is the third slowest, just behind Vietnam.
The world average in terms of broadband download speed is 23.3 Mbps, nearly eight times faster than the average in the Philippines, Dela Cruz added.
"Despite the unprecedented avalanche of ICT users we have yet to have a truly world class ICT service infrastructure as evidenced by our abysmal internet speed," Dela Cruz said.
According to the lawmaker, the PLDT Group has 72.5 million subscribers consisting of 24.7 million Smart subscribers, 31.9 million Talk and Text subscribers and 15.6 million Digitel/Sun subscribers.
Globe and TM have 36.5 million subscribers.
“Recent studies show that the country's actual speed never reaches the advertised speed. Moreover, speed performance declines for all Internet service providers year after year and Filipino Internet subscribers pay more for less every year,” Dela Cruz said.