Something that became common in the UK was the “unlimited bandwidth” to find it was being throttled back to slow it down or that its unlimited as long as you don’t go over a certain limit otherwise your charged. But guess what Philippines is doing the same thing problem is I know like others do they have been throttling as well as other stuff to save money on bandwidth difference is now they are looking to do it in a more restrictive manner.
Ayala-led telco Globe Telecom are looking to impose the “fair use” program which as we know isn’t a true figure people can work with as they can adjust it to suit themselves. They are primarily looking at customers downloading more than 1 Gigabyte per day which they say is around 80% of its bandwidth is being used by 5% of its customers leaving only 20% for everyone else. My question would be though are the 5% already paying more for the service? What’s the point of an unlimited 6gb connection for example if its only any use for browsing facebook once throttled back? might as well then become a 1mb or even smaller
package as it offers very little in service. Another company in the Philippines looking to get paid for not providing service by the sounds of it.
SkyCable is another company which has rolled out a 5mb connection sounds great until you read the small print telling you its got a 15gb per month limit. Great service if you don’t actually use it!
In Globes defence they sited that 23.8% of global internet traffic is piracy related so obviously them reducing their service will help reduce piracy in the Philippines (Or would we just see an increase of DVD vendors on every street corner of cities??).
“Because it is our responsibility to provide our subscribers with quality Internet services, we are doing all we can to teach our broadband users how to properly use the internet," stated Jurist Gamban, head of globe fixed broadband business.
Gamban added, “Through this forum, we are actively involving the parents in guiding their children when they access the World Wide Web. We are concerned about how children are exposed to various Internet activities, from downloads, playing games, to watching videos and doing social networking and chatting.
Without restrictions, the Internet can be a source of information not suited for children, or worse, might pose risks that will threaten their minds and own security, Gamban said.
The oddest thing though in all this defence talk is they haven’t mentioned one of the fastest if not the fastest growing Philippines industry. They Cybersex industry! Talk of how people use the internet for downloading their latest TV shows or even kids being on Facebook Shock horror! but nothing about child prostitution over the internet which is plaguing the country but then again if they were taking anti-piracy seriously surely they would monitor their bandwidth which would also mean they could flag up traffic relating to the sex industry very easily. They quoted 36% of Torrents being downloaded are pornography as well yet still nothing about the live webcam sex industry.
The reason I am pushing the anti-cam industry though is it is illegal and can be filtered out of the systems but obviously there is a lot of money going on in that so wonder why the average person at home is being told how to use the internet while real crimes go unpunished.