News: Gov’t urged to scrap franchise requirement for new Internet providers

Excerpt from Newsbytes.ph

Gov’t urged to scrap franchise requirement for new Internet providers

By Andres Ansula

The Philippines should adopt an “open access” model wherein companies with no congressional franchise can provide Internet services in the country.

This is the recommendation of the “Philippine Broadband: A Policy Brief” study commissioned by Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the “Arangkada” project.

Independent ICT researcher and consultant Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos said that “adopting an open access model where segments of the Internet infrastructure will be opened up to more and different players both local and foreign” can greatly help in making Internet more affordable, as well as faster, in the country.

“The current structure of the telecom market, as allowed by law, imposes a high barrier to entry of new, independent players, both local and foreign,” the policy brief said in their recommendations to make local broadband service competitive.

 

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