SKY Fiber internet services escape NTC’s ‘cease and desist’ order

2 Jul 2020

Online news site Rappler writes that ABS-CBN subsidiary Sky Cable continues to operate its broadband internet service SKY Fiber and SKYcable TV offers in the Philippines, despite the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to shut down its satellite services and TV Plus channels on 30 June via a cease and desist order. In response to concerns, Sky Cable tweeted ‘Our valued subscribers of SKYCable and SKY Fiber, however, will continue to enjoy uninterrupted services as they are unaffected by the franchise expiration’, in the wake of the NTC’s move.

Further, a statement from ABS-CBN said: ‘In the spirit of fairness, we continue to appeal to the NTC to extend the same privilege given in the past to other companies whose franchises have expired but are currently pending in Congress to continue its operations until a resolution is passed. We assure our subscribers that we will exhaust all legal remedies to resume our services’. The online journal notes that ABS-CBN also has a pending petition with the Supreme Court questioning the NTC’s first cease and desist order and that it ‘hopes that such petition will be resolved soon in its favour so that it can resume broadcasting on both analogue and digital platforms’.