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Senator Grace Poe reiterated the dire need for nationwide connectivity, urging the country’s telcos to take bold steps amid the current COVID-19 crisis.

Poe also called out the government’s leadership to promote investments in network infrastructure to boost competition, improve service, and bring down costs for consumers.

Earlier, Poe criticized the National Telecommunication Commission as ‘incompetent’ for failing to address the problem of Internet connectivity in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Senate committee on public services, chaired by Poe, conduct a virtual hearing yesterday (July 1), to study the condition of Internet connectivity in the Philippines, as well as the efforts of the government and private sector to render Internet services available for all.

The committee discussed Senate Bill No. 471, a bill that mandates Internet service providers (ISPs) to set a standard for a minimum Internet speed instead of the misleading maximum speed for customers.

The hearing included concerned government agencies such as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), as well as telecommunications companies (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs), and other stakeholders.

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