NTC issues guidelines vs cable TV, internet pilferage
MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued guidelines on the anti-cable television and cable internet tapping law, which prohibits any person from intercepting signal by tapping without authority from the service provider.
NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba issued the guidelines for Republic Act No. 10515 also known as "Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013" to ramp up the government’s drive against cable pilferage.
In the memorandum circular, Cordoba said that “it shall be the policy of the State to protect the general public and legitimate operators of cable television and cable internet services from unauthorized connections or tapping to existing facilities through wired, wireless, electromagnetic, and other means of cable pilferage.”
The NTC is directed to inform the public of the new law, signed by President Benigno Aquino on April 17, and to finalize the guidelines with the input of cable TV operators and cable internet service providers.
Under the law, unauthorized interception, reception or use of any signal or service over a cable television system or cable internet system and network are prohibited.
Also prohibited are the unauthorized recording, reproducing, distributing, importing or selling of any intercepted or received cable TV system or network signals for commercial purposes.
Violators caught may face imprisonment of between 2-5 years or a fine between P50,000-P100,000 or both. If the violator is a corporation or an association, the president, manager, or any officer will be tagged as direct participant.
The Philippine Cable Television Association Inc. (PCTA) lauded the signing of the law, saying growth is expected in the cable industry because of the law.
“All of us can now sigh with relief. I remember that we started working and pushing for this law in 2006 on my first term as president of PCTA because I believed then, and I still do now, that the cable industry will grow and revenues will increase once we have this law,” PCTA president Allan Dungao said.