NTC asks for help to stop illegal cable access

22 May 2006

The Philippines’ telecoms watchdog, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), has asked the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Communications and Public Information to help it fight the rising tide of illegal cable television or cable internet system connections in the region of Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod. NTC director Engr Eleuterio Navarro, admitted the regulator is unable to tackle the problem due to the lack of adequate national legislation. Instead the office is seeking the committees’s assistance and cooperation to enact local ordinance to stop the practise.

In response, Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue confirmed that her council had already put forward plans to bar ‘the use, interconnection or reception of any service being offered over a wired, wireless, or CATV or internet system by or through any unauthorized installation’ in 2005 and that the legislation is pending its second reading.