A congressional inquiry on why the country’s internet connection is very slow has been proposed in the House of Representatives.
Las Piñas City Rep. Mark Villar made the proposal under his House Resolution 1658 which tasks the House Committee on Information and Communications and Technology to conduct the investigation.
Villar said the Philippines ranks 155th out of 190 countries in terms of internet speed. The national average internet speed is 3.55 Mbps—way below the international average of 18.04 Mbps.
HR 1658 identified the following factors inhibiting interactions and transactions: infrastructure-related friction (including obstacles related to access, speed and price); industry-related sources of friction (such as shortages of capital and skilled labor, hold back successful online business transactions and the development of digital business); individual friction (such as payment system and data security); and information-related friction (including the volume of content available in a local language, country’s commitment to internet openness).
“This problem should be addressed immediately. The poor state of internet service slows down business transactions and negatively affects end consumers and the economy. At least 30 percent of Filipinos (28 million) are internet-users,” said Villar, chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry.
Compounding the woes of Filipino internet users is the high cost of internet service, ranking second only to South Africa. Internet service in the Philippines costs eight times more than that of its neighbors in Southeast Asia,
“Our country’s competitiveness in the global market is highly dependent on internet connection,” Villar added.