Senators tackle impact of slow Internet speed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship held on Tuesday (August 18) a hearing on the impact of slow and expensive Internet connection to consumers and businesses.

After conducting a study on Internet connection in the Philippines, Mary Grace Santos — an independent researcher for regional ICT policy and regulation think tank LIRNEasia — found that the country's Internet is run by two major operators who control infrastructure and pricing.

She said that overall,  the country is lagging behind its Asian neighbors, and that it is the third to lowest in terms of connection speed, just behind Vietnam.

On download speed, LIRNEasia found that the country's actual speed never reaches the advertised speed; speed performance declined for all Internet Service Providers year after year and Filipino Internet subscribers pay more for less every year.

The researcher suggested that the government should encourage more competition in the market and invest in more infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said that it will record Internet measures twice a week and will publish results every month; a NTC measurement tool will be available for download for consumers.

The NTC will specify the average speed, up to speed data rates and more.

Officials said they will conduct a pilot test of the Internet connection speed in September. They officially start Internet speed testing in October.