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Tarlac Cong Yap urges Senate to pass Open Access bill

Oct 9, 2018 @ 3:49
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Tarlac 2nd District Representative Victor Yap is calling on the Senate to pass its counterpart bill that promotes competition in data transmission and telecommunications services.

According to a statement Tuesday from the House of Representatives, Senate Bill No. 1763 remains pending on Second Reading despite the passage by the House of Representatives on Third Reading and transmission to the Senate last year of House Bill No. 6557, or the Open Access Bill.

“The Open Access bill will improve the data transmission services in the country, which would make Internet here faster and better,” said Yap, who chairs the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology.

“This would help everyone – farmers will be able to market their products or look for new ways to increase their yields, students will have a vast treasure trove of information. The possibilities are endless,” he added.

The proposed bill will allow third parties to use an existing network infrastructure for data transmission and grant the National Telecommunications Commission additional powers, the House statement said.

Yap points out that the Internet service in the country is the slowest and most expensive in Southeast Asia, even as he stressed that a fast internet connectivity has an impact on the economy.

“It’s important that we pass the Open Access bill since at this day and age, a country’s economy is dependent on the developments of its technological infrastructure,” he said.

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