Just recently, senators have filed a bill that will set a minimum standard for internet speed in the country. This, to improve internet connectivity amid pandemic. Senate Bill 1831, also known as the ‘Better Internet Act’, is authored by the following: Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senator Grace Poe, and Senator Manny Pacquiao. The bill calls for the following internet standards:
- 10 MBPS for fixed broadband and 5 MBPS for mobile broadband in highly urbanized cities.
- 5 MBPS for fixed broadband and 3 MBPS for mobile broadband in all other cities.
- 3 MBPS for fixed broadband and 2 MBPS for mobile broadband in rural areas.
In the bill, providers should be able to comply with standards within three years from the proposed effectivity date. Moreover, the bill also prohibits providers to advertise internet service speeds that they cannot provide. Read more: Bill seeks standard PHL net speed, an article by GMA News.