Policy overhaul needed for better broadband, says advocacy group

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Posted at Oct 11 2018 01:35 AM | Updated as of Oct 11 2018 05:46 AM

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MANILA - An advocacy group believes that the Philippines needs to overhaul its policy and regulatory environment on telecommunications to ease the entry of new technologies that will allow faster and cheaper internet access. 

Grace Mirandilla Santos, lead convenor of the Better Broadband Alliance, said many of the laws governing the provision of internet access services are anchored in the "landline era."

"Many things are happening around us that led us to believe that it is time to look at the policy and regulatory environment," Santos told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts. 

She said the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of 1995 requires ISPs to use the facilities of telcos, even though new technologies can deliver internet access without traditional telcos. 

The group believes the government needs to adopt a digital-friendly policy environment--one that can facilitate the entry and use of new digital technologies.