Jan 13, 2011

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NTC ditched bandwidth cap proposal, what’s next?

Most of us already know that telcos proposed a daily bandwidth cap on their broadband service to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) which was initially approved. This resulted to a lot of furor from the public and prompted NTC to hold an open forum at their headquarters last January 11 which was well attended by the public.

And the result of the hearing? The provision on broadband internet data cap has been discarded from the draft circular. Hats off to NTC for doing the right thing. NTC said that by putting a limit on broadband internet will only restrict the growth of industries that heavily rely on it.

So what happens next? Are we back to square one? Where some people could enjoy limitless high-speed downloading while some people suffer with dial-up speeds? Or will it really matter if telcos can just hide behind the thing called “Fair Use Policy” and thus impose restriction to users who would allegedly abuse the connection. I’m not sure if the daily cap on mobile broadband will simply go away.

NTC declared that it would now focus on ensuring the improvement of services delivered to internet users. I hope this means imposing an infrastructure upgrade to telcos to accommodate the growing number of internet subscribers. I really hope so although I’m not so sure it will be easy for the telcos to just give in.

We know that the major offenders of resource hogging are those who downloads pirated materials via torrent and this is why the bandwidth cap was proposed in the first place. So what can be done now that’s out of the plate? Do you think law enforcement needs to be involved here like what’s done in other countries?

Do share your thoughts and/or suggestions on a possible next move.

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  1. FYI I am a heavy internet user but not because of piracy. I recently bought a ton of games via Steam and I’m having problems downloading them because my promised 2Mbps connection is only 40Kbps at best. And that’s not counting the disconnections and slowdowns. Neverwinter Nights 2 alone took 3 weeks to finish.

    There are other reasons for using what the broadband advertisements promised and all of them legitimate. How do you think moymoy palaboy got so famous? Those youtube videos are heavy.

  2. That’s good news!

    Being an internet cafe owner, I really need unlimited bandwidth.

    I can’t imagine how it would be like to operate a cafe having a cap of only 25gig per month. My customers easily eat up bandwidth because of their demand to stream high quality videos.

    People can’t live with limited access!

  3. Harley Son says:

    just reading…

  4. yes i believe it’s the time to upgrade the infrastructure.
    the US is already rolling out LTE and 4G on phones.
    i believe there are may customers who are willing to pay high for better service. that includes me.
    i didn’t opt for the crappy 999 plans. i opt for biz plans even though my internet use is not that much!

    • LTE and WiMax is 4G. I believe LTE is already set up here. just a matter on implementation. WiMax is already available to consumers but not widely used for mobile users.

  5. Cream Liner says:

    It’s a good thing NTC gave the public a chance to voice their concern about this. Telecos should not be allowed to control everything even our internet use!!! This is a proof that our government works!!!

  6. Great news! I am currently satisfied with my net connection. At 1mbps, I usually get 100+ kbps download speed. Maybe it’s in my area, but still, I wouldn’t want the cap to be imposed. If there will be any changes, it should always be for the benefit of the consumers.

  7. When will the effectivity of this new policy be? I thought NTS discarded the broadband data cap? I’m still getting the message from Globe saying that my data usage for the days reached 800mb. I’m not even able to download the SP2 for Office 2007 because of this.

    Was there a change in this?
    Any update?

    Thanks!

    • i think this only affects postpaid plans or broadband plans not mobile internet. globe’s fair use policy is still in place.

  8. Henry Ong says:

    This is useless! Telcos still went on with their plans on implementing Bandwidth Caps. Given NTCs new ruling this should now be considered illegal and should be fined for their actions. This is a complete disregard of NTCs provision against bandwidth cap

    • How come NTC does not have a clear statement/memorandum that FUP still applies as of March 2013?

      • Jeffrey Mandap says:

        Sana makaabot ito. Aware ba kayo sa bandwith cap? Paano nakalusot sa NTC ito? In layman’s term, internet service provided assigned a bandwidth limit for download/upload monthly. Pag nag excess ka you will end up with a slow internet for the rest of the month.. This is a big issue not just for me. Paano if home-based job ka and you need to download 20 gb of file monthly? Tumawag ako sa ISP ko kanina tinatanong ko ano limit ko pero wala sila maprovide. Fair usage policy daw. Hindi ito sagot para sa network congestion. Wag kasi masiba sa mga consumer eh hindi naman kaya sustentuhan internet needs nila. Expansion kasi dapat.

  9. ma Dolores Mana says:

    If NTC ditched the cap how did smarbro recently put a cap on my policy, by calling it fair use, they say its still unlimited, but it times out for normal use, so i went to globe who said 1gb a day max or we cut you off.

  10. anonymouse says:

    SMART MY BRO just implemented that internet capping without prior notice to their costumer. they limit my connection 999 per month 1mbps to 0.06 downloading and 200kbps uploading what can i do to this shit connection i cant even open my facebook but then i am paying 999 per month for that speed. the costumer should organized and create a team to bring our voice to the concerned people in this issue.

  11. anonymouse says:

    MART MY BRO just implemented that internet capping without prior notice to their costumer. they limit my connection 999 per month 1mbps to 0.06 downloading and 200kbps uploading what can i do to this shit connection i cant even open my facebook but then i am paying 999 per month for that speed. the costumer should organized and create a team to bring our voice to the concerned people in this issue.

  12. DR. HENRY G. CANIZARES says:

    Panloloko ito sa costumer nila. I am a loyal costumer of smartbro for 6yrs already and I have no problem until May 2013, my download thru speed test was only 200kbps compared to previous speed of consistent 1.6mbps. I have no delay in paying monthly dues and when I called there hotline they will just say already reach my limit, but when I asked them how many gigabytes did I used they cannot provide data to support there claims that im already at my limit. This is really a stupid move, they are getting money out of us and claimed to have unlimited service but w/o quality.

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