ABS-CBN to start laying off workers, downscaling operations August 31

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Embattled ABS-CBN Corporation will start downscaling its operations and laying off workers by the end of August, following the congressional decision to reject its franchise bid. In a statement released Wednesday evening, the broadcaster will...

Stiffer penalties vs erring Public Communications Entities eyed

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Rep. Susan A. Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) has filed a measure increasing penalties against Public Communications Entities (PCE) for violation of the terms and conditions of any certificate, authority, order, decision, resolution or regulation of the National...

Chiz to NTC: Come up with new guidelines for acceptable internet speed, cost

Instead of merely testing Internet speeds, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) should conduct an audit to assess the coverage and quality of service of telecommunications companies (telcos) to pressure them into making Internet access faster and cheaper, Sen. Francis...

BOC chief, 2 other former execs face plunder, graft complaints

MANILA, July 2 (Mabuhay) – Customs commissioner Alberto Lina and two former commissioners face plunder and graft complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in another purported instance of conflict of interest – a cancelled P650 million customs processing system contract that...

Jamming mobile signals does the public more harm than good, says lawmaker

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) – A party-list representative has criticized the government for ordering telcos to turn off mobile coverage in conjunction with the papal visit, saying this is “deleterious to public safety” and “tramples on the people’s right to communicate with each...

House panel okays bill requiring registration of pre-paid SIM cards

MANILA, Dec 13 (Mabuhay) – The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology has approved for plenary debate a proposed measure that would require the registration of pre-paid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to help law enforcement agencies in their campaign...

Solon files bill to scrap prepaid load expiry date

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar has filed a bill seeking to scrap the expiry date on prepaid call and text cards that forfeits load credits to the detriment of consumers. Under House Bill 4782 or “Prepaid Load Protection Act of 2014,” setting an expiration...

DOTC okays IRR for Republic Act 10635

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The implementing rules and regulation (IRR) for Republic Act 10635 was approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). The legislation empowers the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the sole administrator in the enforcement of...

SC upholds sanction vs GMA-7

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the orders of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) sanctioning GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) for operating a radio station with an expired provisional authority (PA). In a decision, the SC 2nd Division denied for...

Senate leadership backs bill on free text alerts during disasters

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The world’s “texting capital” may soon use text messages to possibly save lives during disasters. This is after Senate President Franklin Drilon committed on Wednesday to pass a bill seeking to compel telecommunications companies in the country to disseminate...
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