Duterte expands ‘direct access’ of internet, app, web firms to satellite systems
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order expanding the provision of internet services through inclusive access to satellite services.
Under Executive Order (EO) No. 127 issued March 10 and which copy was released to the media on Thursday, the President expanded the access of telecommunication entities such as internet service providers and operators of apps and web-based services registered with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to all satellite systems in order to improve the quality of their services.
The order allows internet and value service providers “direct access” to all satellite systems to build and operate broadband facilities that offer Internet services.
EO No. 127 amends EO No. 467, which provided policies on the operation and use of international satellite telecommunications facilities and services in the country.
“Universal access to fast and reliable Internet services is vital in order for the country to join the ranks of developed economies due to the internet’s transformative impact on e-government and the delivery of basic services, the elimination of red tape, freedom of information, disaster preparedness, public safety, readiness for climate change, education for all, and inclusive growth,” the EO reads.
Broadcast service providers were also allowed to directly access satellite systems, provided they follow guidelines set by NTC.
NTC, meanwhile, will update its regulations to make administrative processes faster.
The order will take effect immediately upon publication in the Official Gazette or newspaper.
Rules and regulations on the implementation of the policy for inclusive access to satellite services must be issued within 30 days from the EO’s issuance.
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