Net neutrality in PH: Politiko dangles raps vs MVP for censorship
They have lawyers ready to sue PLDT and Smart for blocking access to one of these most visited sites.
Owners Renato Marfil and Gil Cabacungan sent demand letters to the heads of the Manuel V. Pangilinan-led companies to demand why access to their website, politics.com.ph, is restricted when their networks are used.
The team found after tapping the help of IT experts that the restriction was intentional, so they asked PLDT and Smart to remove them.
“We have discovered that access to the website politics.com.ph was intentionally being censored or hampered by the concerned internet providers. In fact, the issue has been positively confirmed by one of your customer relations officer upon our initial complaint,” the letter to PLDT and Smart read.
“In view of the foregoing, demand is hereby made upon you that the website politics.com.ph be permanently removed from the list of blocked or censored websites in your network or that access of the public to the said website shall not be interfered or hampered by you, effective immediately upon your receipt of this notice.”
They noted that the reported interference has been going on since July 2016.
Copies of the letter were sent to the Philippine Competition Commission and the Cybercrime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation.
What’s more, Politiko tapped the services of the Jimeno Cope & David Law Offices for a blooming legal battle, via an advisory which they sent to the National Telecommunications Commission.
The Politiko men are asserting net neutrality, which means that all websites should be given equal treatment by Internet service providers. This formal step is emerging as a landmark case in the Philippines.