Thank (deity of choice) I didn’t sign up for Globe’s broadband service

Ipinahiwatig nito ng Globe Telecoms itong balita para sa lahat ng mga broadband subscribers nito (lalo nga sa mga kawawang bumili ng Globe Tattoo na wireless broadband – sayang naman ang magastos na ad campaign nila na kasali pati si Sarah Gaugler)

Globe moves to cap Internet data volume

Without any law to prevent its adoption, Ayala-led telco Globe Telecom has decided to invoke the “fair use” doctrine in imposing a data limit on the Internet subscription of its customer as a supposed way to curb unrestrained use of just a few broadband users.

Globe’s move, first reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, was contained in a press statement issued by the company over the weekend.

The data volume limit, according to the Inquirer, “would affect only users who download data in excess of 1 gigabyte a day.”

By adopting a “fair use” policy, Globe said it can “promote a more responsible way of using the Internet that will ensure fair and optimum usage of its broadband services across all subscribers.”

In a recent analysis, Globe said only 5 percent use 80 percent of the available broadband network bandwidth, leaving only 20 percent of the capacity to be shared by 95 percent of the remaining users.

The issue on data volume capping remains a contentious topic in the industry, with local telcos pushing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to impose it as a formal regulatory rule.

The agency, however, has already announced that it will not include any provision on data capping on a circular it is currently drafting on the minimum broadband speed in the country.

This is not the first time, however, that a broadband provider has adopted a data usage ceiling. San Miguel-owned Liberty Telecoms, which operates wi-tribe, has been offering WiMax services that have data limits. Lopez-owned firm SkyCable, through its broadband service unit, also recently rolled out a 5-Mbps Internet offering with 15-GB threshold.

Saying network bandwidth is a finite resource, Globe said “it is necessary to adopt a policy that promotes responsible and fair use of the Internet to prevent abuse and misuse of services from a relatively smaller group of consumers.”

“Moreover, the policy aims to preserve the quality of resources in order to provide subscribers with seamless, uninterrupted, and reliable internet connections,” it added. “This also ensures consistency and reliability of connection for use of the greater majority of broadband subscribers.”

Globe cited study done by Envisional which showed that close to 36 percent of torrent downloads was pornography and another 48 percent was movies and television shows.

The study further claimed that 23.8 percent of global Internet traffic is piracy-related and nearly one-quarter of the traffic on the Internet involves the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials such as movies, TV shows, music, and video games.

“These activities, apart from being unsecured, also utilize a significant amount of broadband network data which prohibits other subscribers to enjoy the same quality of Internet connection,” the company said.

In the statement, Globe said it has partnered with a parenting group MLAC Institute for Children and Families to educate parents on how to guide their children on the proper use of Internet and computers.

“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. — Newsbytes.ph

GMA News, 04/05/2011 | 04:39 PM

Kung tawagin man ceiling o capping naman, pareho rin – masdan mo, naka-sign ka for 1mbps at 600-700 lang ang makukuha mo?  ‘Tang ina (pasensya lang sa maanghang kong salita) – mamamatahan ka na parang kang kriminal palibhasa gusto mong mas pabilisan mo ang inyong internet service?  Wat da pak talaga????

  • Porke’t ba humihingi ako ng  mas mabilis na internet, balakin ko mag-download na lang ng download?  Di lahat ng mga nag-da-download, mga namimirata ng mga  CD/DVD!!  Paano nga mga mag-da-download ng updates para sa kanilang application software, mga antiviruses, pati downloadable content (DLC) para sa mga PC/console games?
  • Gayun man, hindi rin dapat ipalahat-lahatan mga humihingi ng mabilis na broadband connection, mga manyakis na mahilig manonood ng mga porn sites.  Sa totoo lang, karamihan ng mga internet cafe, mayroon sila mga filter na naka-install na para i-block mga adult content para di-maaacess ng kabataaan.  Kahit naman sa bahay, dapat lang responsibilidad ng mga magulang na turuan mga anak nila kung paanong wastong gumamit ng internet, puwede rin sila gamitin ang search filter ng Google para di maka-lusot mga di-wastong pang-bata na mga pictures/videos.
  • Nalulugi daw mga telcos natin dahil mas mura at reliable pa mag-VoIP thru YM, Chikka o Skype kaysa mag-long distance.  Ganyan rin ang nangyayari na nga sa US, mas marami na mga wala na sila maski-isang landline, puro naka-smart phone at DSL/broadband.
  • ‘di ba matatamaan rin karamihan ng mga negosyo rito na nakasalalay sa broadband Internet katulad ng mga BPOs at call centers?  Nangangapa na nga si Noynoy para akitin mga foreign investors, paano pa kung di lang tayo ang may pinakamahal na kuryente sa buong Asya, pati internet pa?
  • Paano naman mga online gamers – di ba sila mahihirapan sa palaging lag na lang na lag ang connection nila?  Karamihan sa mga bagong labas na games – lalo na sa mga next-gen consoles katulad ng XB0x 360 at PS3  – ay nakasalalay sa matibay na broadband connections di lang para sa updates at DLC, pati rin ang experience na makalaro ka ng isang taga-US, UK o Korea man.

Right now, gumagamit ako ng PLDT myDSL…halos 3 na taon ako nasa kanila, wastong-wasto sila para sa mga kinakailangan ko.  Kung mag-Facebook, mag-blog o manood man ng live concert sa YouTube, bihirang-bihira silang magmintis sa akin, naka-desktop man o naka-laptop (me router ako sa bahay).  Balakin ko sana magsi-upgrade sa taong nito pagkatapos kong makabili ng PS3 – I can say that I am that contented with myDSL’s service, they deserve my continued patronage as a token of gratitude.

PLDT DSL
up to 1Mbps – 1,000 PHP
up to 2Mbps – 2,000 PHP
up to 3Mbps – 3,000 PHP

Globe Tattoo DSL
512 Kbps – 800 PHP
1Mbps – 1,000 PHP
(Torque) 10 Mbps – 4,000 PHP
(Torque) 100 Mbps – 15,000 PHP

Verizon (US) Internet Plans…
up to 1Mbps – $20 + tax and fees = more or less 1,000 PHP
1.5 to 3 Mbps – $30 + tax and fees = more or less 1,500 PHP
4 to 7 Mbps – $40 + tax and fees = more or less 2,000 PHP
7 to 10 Mbps – $50 + tax and fees = more or less 2,300 PHP

Ang hirap lang dito sa Pilipinas, di katulad sa Estados Unidos na madaling matakbuhan mo ng isang abugado kung me reklamo ka bilang consumer na di wasto ang tanggap mo.  Sa US, me kasabihan na “the customer is always right”, bawat kumpanya roon di madaling makalusot kapag naramdaman ng kostumer na di-sapat ang tinanggap niya kumpara sa binabayaran niya.  Dito naman, me mga ila’t ilang mga malalaking kumpanya humahawak sa kalalakihang porsiyento ng mga negosyo katulad ng public utilities at telecommunications.  Kaya nga, maaring silang makahanap ng gusot kung me balak silang taasin ang monthly rates nila – at bahala na lang ang mga kostumer kung kaya pa nila.

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