The hearing will happen this Friday, June 17th, at 10:00 AM at the NTC Regional Office in Subangdaku, Mandaue City.
If you can still remember, the original draft of the memo promulgates eight rules and was first posted back in December last year. It raised concerns to internet advocates because part of the proposal was for the Telcos to cap broadband data being offered to subscribers. The memo has been revised then following NTC’s decision not to push through broadband capping. That leaves the draft circular to promulgate six rules which states:
1. Broadband service providers shall specify the minimum broadband/internet connection speed and service reliability and the service rates in their offers to consumers/subscribers/users in their advertisements, flyers, brochures and service agreements and service level agreements. The minimum service reliability shall be 80%.
Service Reliability is measured over a period of one (1) month and calculated as
(Hours in a day x Days in a month) – (Time internet connection speed is below minimum)
(Hours in a day x Days in a month)
The service offers shall specify the service rates for a minimum broadband/internet connection speed and the service reliability, e.g., PhP900.00/month for 512Kbps minimum connection speed and 80% service reliability, PhP1,000.00/month for 512Kbps minimum connection speed and 85% service reliability, etc.
2. The subscribers/consumers shall be properly informed of the broadband/internet connection service being offered to them.
3. Service providers offering committed information rate (CIR) shall comply with NTC MC No. 12-19-2004.
4. Failure on the part of a broadband service provider to comply with this Order, the Commission shall file appropriate administrative case against said broadband service provider.
5. Any circular, order, memoranda or parts thereof inconsistent herewith are deemed repealed or amended accordingly.
6. This Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation and three (3) certified true copies are furnished the UP Law Center.
For those who have been following the news since early this year, you probably would be interested of attending the hearing so you can air out your opinion regarding the proposed memo. NTC have already done a similar public consultation at NTC Building in Quezon City last January 11th.