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Bernadette Herrera-Dy seeks probe into slow internet speed in PH

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Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy wants the House of Representatives to look into the slow internet speed in the country.

Herrera-Dy filed House Resolution 1193 asking the appropriate House committee to find out why the country’s internet connection is slow but expensive.

Citing results from the recent Speedtest Global Index for Mobile Internet, Herrera-Dy said the Philippines ranks 113th out of 117 countries in terms of internet speed with an average of 16.95 megabits per second. The country also ranked 109th in the fixed broadband category with an average speed of 25.07 mbps.

Meanwhile, a report by the Daily Guardian in 2019 noted that a 5 mbps plan in the Philippines already cost $20 while the same amount is worth internet connectivity of 890 mbps in Russia, and 600 mbps in China and Lithuania.

Herrera-Dy said internet connectivity has become an essential commodity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic struck, fast, efficient and stable internet access is not only needed for communication and access to information, it also plays an important role in managing business operations, exploring novel sources of personal income, and continuity of education,” she said.