NTC says Broadband cap is against illegal use of Internet

GMANews published:

NTC Common Carriers Authorization Department Director Edgardo Cabarios told GMANews.TV that local telcos are considering a daily per user limit of 5GB.

“There were apprehensions raised [by telcos] over abusive users. This [data cap] is meant to discourage unfair use, to give everyone a chance. The idea is to protect the majority of consumers,” Cabarios said.

He explained that “abusive users” — including software and movie pirates — account for one to two percent of Filipino broadband consumers. Unfortunately, according to Cabarios, such heavy users prevent the rest of the public from fully utilizing broadband connections.

Pardon my language but: Bullshit.

There are perfectly legitimate uses of Bandwidth that isn’t illegal. For example, I beta tested DC Universe Online recently. I had to download 12.3GB of the game. The weeks after required additional download to patch the game. In once instance, 8GB.

Watching a Steve Jobs keynote would set you back some 1GB downloaded from iTunes.

I download from iTunes. I have an account and buying TV shows and movies from it will also set you back several GBs in bandwidth and disk space.

Instead of preventing users from getting content, why don’t you let people get content legitimately? iTunes has a gift check, prepaid card for example, but there is no local iTunes store. My account is US, so i can get legitimate content.

Encourage users to acquire content from Amazon. The biggest problem is getting Amazon to do business here. Hulu too.

Do you know how much a Mac OS X update can sometimes reach? 300MB to 800MB.

Caps are so archaic. Caps when Internet in the Philippines is so crappy is even more so idiotic.

This kind of thinking from NTC is archaic, and moronic.

You want to stop people from downloading illegal content?

Make Legitimate Content Available, at reasonable prices and that people can easily get to them. Like you know, prepaid cards or debit cards. The iTunes model has perfected it.

There are others too like Amazon.

Hulu.

But you know what? Users can’t get to it.

See also my article on “An open letter to President Aquino and the 15th Congress on the NTC Broadband Cap draft memorandum.”

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • In legal parlance, the NTC’s decision is overbroad. It places limits on legitimate Internet use, but doesn’t really solve the problem of content piracy. If I really wanted to download that 8GB movie rip, then all I have do to is max out my data cap for one day, then resume it the following day. Nothing about the data cap deters content piracy, but everything about it disrupts legitimate uses such as gaming and legitimate software and content downloads.

    Unless Telcos can prove, with hard data, that content piracy disruptively eats up a huge portion of bandwidth as against legitimate uses, then their argument is crap.

  • excuses excuses, thats all im getting from the government about not messing with the telcos.

  • Anonymous

    The contracts for residential service should be limited to residential sites. Internet cafes or offices (even if home-offices) with 3- or more PC’s should be required to buy more bandwidth.

  • Anonymous

    The contracts for residential service should be limited to residential sites. Internet cafes or for a offices with 3- or more PC’s should be required to buy more bandwidth.

  • Ichiro Ochiro

    They don’t want to upgrade their infrastructure and that’s why they’re making the users suffer for it.

  • Ichiro Ochiro

    They don’t want to upgrade their infrastructure and that’s why they’re making the users suffer for it.

  • GabbyD

    you cant get hulu coz of geographic restrictions.

    • cocoy

      not geographic, but content licensing limit. Joost tried to do it, but couldn’t get a license to spread content across the world. The content holders don’t want to stream it to you.

  • GabbyD

    you cant get hulu coz of geographic restrictions.

    • cocoy

      not geographic, but content licensing limit. Joost tried to do it, but couldn’t get a license to spread content across the world. The content holders don’t want to stream it to you.

  • What a feisty reaction.

  • What a feisty reaction.