Tapping Cable and Internet Signal is Illegal, Says NTC

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On April 17, 2013, President Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10515 or the Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013. Now the National Telecommunication Commition (NTC) has issued guidelines through a memorandum circular regarding this law which prohibits any person from tapping to existing cable and internet facilities without authority from the cable operator or internet provider.
Unauthorized connection through wired, wireless, electromagnetic and other means are prohibited as indicated in the law. Also indicated is the appropriate punishment for the violators. This is to protect the legitimate service provider and the paying public according to the government.

Reproducing any stolen cable TV and internet signals through recording, and using it for comercial purposes is also illegal. For the violators, the punishment is an imprisonment between 2 to 5 years, and fine between P50000 and P100000.

The Philippine Cable Television Association Inc. (PCTA) is very positive about the news regarding the signing of the law, saying growth is expected in the cable industry. PCTA president Allan Dungao said,

All of us can now sigh with relief. I remember that we started working and pushing for this law in 2006 on my first term as president of PCTA because I believed then, and I still do now, that the cable industry will grow and revenues will increase once we have this law.

(Source: abs-cbnnews.com)

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