THE GOOD: On the latest draft of the MO on Minimum Speed of Broadband Connections, the NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) removed the part of the MO that mentions broadband/internet capping. Here’s the exact omitted paragraph:

“WHEREAS, it has been observed that few subscribers/users connect to the internet for unreasonably long period [sic] of time depriving other users from connecting to the internet; NOW, THEREFORE… Service providers may set the maximum volume of data allowed per subscriber/user per day.”

THE BAD: Of course, even if the memorandum did omit the broadband capping part, it does not mean it’s prohibited right? Even before this MO draft even came into existence, postpaid subscribers were automatically subjected by the Fair Use Policy (of  a certain broadband providers) wherein broadband capping is very much a part of the agreement.

CURRENT OUTLOOK: Still, I can say NTC’s pretty much doing a good job for: 1) being able to organize a good and enlightening discussion among industries, consumers and telcos; and 2) being able to put in the MO draft the requirement for telephone companies to provide an explicitly promised minimum broadband speed.

A detailed story (including the updated MO draft last January 12) can be found here.