Residents of Molino, Bacoor City and Cerritos Heights housing estates called on authorities to allow other internet service providers to enter their enclaves.
The Cerritos Heights Homeowners Association Inc. (CHHAI) has declared that Planet Cable, which is owned by the developer of the subdivision, is the sole fixed Internet provider for Cerritos Heights Phases 1 and 2, Cerritos Terraces and Cerritos Hills Phases 1, 2 and 3.
Residents appealed after subdivision security guards prevented Globe Telecom staff from setting up an internet connection in the neighborhood last Tuesday.
“This week, a team of armed guards allegedly dispatched by Camella’s affiliate virtually chased the contractors out of the Globe, telling them they needed a permit from Camella before they could proceed,” said the chairman of CHHAI, Toteng Tanglao.
“The guards have said they will not honor the notice of procedure issued by the HOA to Globe,” he added.
Tanglao stressed the need for a faster internet connection amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We need a reliable Internet, but Camella would have chosen to harass telecom operators not to serve more people,” he added.
“We want to assert our right to take advantage of the advantages of competition, in particular to obtain the best possible Internet service provider.” The need for reliable connectivity is even more pronounced today, especially as the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is forcing everyone to adapt to It means working from home is no longer an option but a requirement to keep the jobs. Students will also switch to online learning because it is now part of the Filipino education system, ”the group said.
CHHAI earlier asked the Philippine Competition Commission to act on Planet Cable’s alleged monopoly within the subdivision.
The group has filed a petition to allow other Internet service providers to operate within their subdivision and a “backup” in the event that Planet Cable’s connection malfunctions or issues arise.