TV group opposes ABS-CBN's continued operations

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Over a month after the National Telecommunications Commission agreed to allow media giant ABS-CBN to continue operations beyond the expiration of its franchise, a television group has aired its opposition to the order. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 29) — Over a month after the National Telecommunications Commission agreed to allow media giant ABS-CBN to continue operations beyond the expiration of its franchise, a television group has aired its opposition to the order.

The Federation of International Cable T.V. and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines, or FICTAP, penned a letter to the NTC, urging the agency not to grant provisional authority to ABS-CBN, which the commission committed to do last March 10.

FICTAP is a group of micro and medium cable TV operators from all over the country, composed of 600 member-operators, including Bohol Cable TV, Buenavista Cable in Antique, and Maguindanao Sky, among others.

The group argued that as mandated by law, broadcasting companies should have congressional franchises in order to operate, citing previous cases. Should ABS-CBN remain on-air after May 4, the date when its franchise was supposed to end, the NTC should issue a show cause and cease and desist order to the network, FICTAP added.

The NTC said it will grant provisional authority to ABS-CBN while its permit renewal is pending, following the advice of the Justice Department.

FICTAP also reiterated its arguments on ABS-CBN's supposed violations such as its alleged unlicensed pay-per-view options. The network shrugged off these claims since regulatory bodies already gave them the go signal to operate even with these services.