PLDT, Globe, SkyCable partner with LGUs to end illegal cable cutting

Major telco providers, cable operators, and local government units have joined forces to beef up efforts against illegal cable cutting.

A joint manifesto has been signed by executives from SKY Cable, the Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association. and other telco companies, including Globe Telecom, PLDT and Smart Communications, Streamtech, Metroworks ICT, and Eastern Communications, and Radius Telecoms to curb rampant cable cutting incidents which affect cable TV and internet services of its subscribers nationwide.

All companies involved in the joint effort are expected to fully utilize their resources to ensure reliable service to subscribers and a quicker response to such heinous acts in coordination with local authorities together with deployed special security teams.

“Illegal cable cutting is a disservice to our customers. It leads to disruptions in cable TV and internet service,” the manifesto said.

“Together with our customers, we have been victimized by perpetrators who steal and sell the copper wires for profit or recklessly cut and damage our cable wires without regard to the disruption it causes to our internet and cable service. This illegal act robs our customers of the steady internet and cable TV service they need for entertainment and access to information and disrupts connectivity required for work,” it added.

The manifesto also condemned such acts and held individuals involved accountable.

Under the Cable Theft Law, perpetrators will either face two to five years of imprisonment or pay hefty fines imposed by the court.

SKY, for its part, reported 205 incidents of cable cutting and theft around Mega Manila as of Aug. 5, with July recording the most number of cases at 45.

Quezon City tallied the most number of cases with 89 since the start of the year.

SKY said four of the total cases have been filed with criminal charges by corresponding telco partners.

Meanwhile, SKY also responded to cable cutting incidents in regional areas, with 111 cases tallied in Cebu alone since the beginning of 2022.

“Together with our telco partners, SKY is committed to put an end to these disruptive acts. We call for continuously uniting our initiatives in fulfilling a common goal of ensuring quality service for the Filipino household. Rest assured that we will work 24/7 to respond and immediately address these concerns with utmost priority,” SKY chief operating officer Claudia Suarez said.

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