Category Archives: Philippines

PH Govt and TelCos to send official SMS during emergencies

I’m glad that the Philippine Govt and the major TelCos have decided to send out text messages during emergencies to ensure that the “raining radiation hoax” won’t happen again.

PH govt gets into the BF/BSP issue

Did someone have to kill himself first before the govt step into this whole BF vs. BSP mess?.

The case of the organ harvesting of kidnapped children

This is NSFW.

Just as the Philippines had just been bamboozled out of its mind regarding the radioactive rain hoax, we may have another one coming. And this time it’s going through social networks, especially Facebook.

If you are squeamish then it would be best not to go on, if you want to know more then go ahead.

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Can an Internet-savvy Philippines Politician promise better internet for all?

As a Filipino Internet user, I wish a Philippine politician/group would promise what the Canadian Democratic Party did.

  • We will apply the proceeds from the advanced wireless spectrum auction to ensure all Canadians, no matter where they live, will have quality high-speed broadband internet access;
  • We will expect the major internet carriers to contribute financially to this goal;
  • We will rescind the 2006 Conservative industry-oriented directive to the CRTC and direct the regulator to stand up for the public interest, not just the major telecommunications companies;
  • We will enshrine “net neutrality” in law, end price gouging and “net throttling,” with clear rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), enforced by the CRTC;
  • We will prohibit all forms of usage-based billing (UBB) by Internet Service Providers (ISPs);
  • We will introduce a bill on copyright reform to ensure that Canada complies with its international treaty obligations, while balancing consumers’ and creators’ rights.

Ferdinand Marcos: fake hero, real HR violator

I agree with these educators that Marcos was no war hero. His army story was proven a lie, and his Human Rights violations were proven true. End. Of. Story.

Send a poor kid to school for $12/PHP 500 a month

Help send a poor kid to school for $12 (PHP500) a month by donating to Kara David’s Project Malasakit.
It’s cheaper than a WoW monthly sub and it’s more worthwhile too.

Imelda Marcos to repay P 12M

Imelda Marcos was found to have stolen PHP 10M from the NFA 28 years ago. Return it all (plus 2M for moral damages) in 30 days.

No reports on whether she’ll get any jailtime for stealing…

My concerns regarding NTC getting more powers

Govt Web Control

I hope I’m wrong…

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NTC says Broadband can be regulated

Looks like the NTC is actually listening to Internet broadband users now as they said that broadband internet services CAN be regulated.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) last week said that broadband Internet services can be regulated, not withstanding provisions in the law saying that value-added services (VAS) are deregulated.

I hope this means better Internet access for anyone who can afford to have one. However questions abound:

  • With the quality increase in Internet connection, will it also mean higher costs?
  • How much NTC regulation should be allowed?

The last question lingers in mind as I try to be optimistic for betterment of the Philippine’s Internet access.

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Broadband Internet is not a Value Added Service

The NTC believes, and continues to believe that broadband is a value added service. Value added service is another speak for, “add on.” NTC believes that this isn’t the telco’s main business, but their side business.

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I think it’s time for the National Telecommunications Committee (NTC) to review its definition of Value-Added Service (VAS).

Value-added service provider (VAS) – an entity which, relying on the transmission, switching and local distribution facilities of the local exchange and inter-exchange operators, and overseas carriers, offers enhanced services beyond those ordinarily provided for by such carriers.

Even the TelCos themselves have shown that their mobile Internet business is NOT a VAS.

Let’s take a look at two of the Philippine’ s biggest TelCos: Continue reading

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