Walang galang kay Dennis Uy? Nograles files bill to make ABS-CBN third telco player vs Smart, Globe
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles apparently has no respect for his fellow Davaoeno, bilyonaryo Dennis Uy.
Nograles filed a bill on July 29 seeking to extend the Lopez family’s broadband franchise, ABS-CBN Convergence Inc., by another 25 years (Its current 25-year franchise was granted in 2002. This is different from ABS-CBN’s TV broadcasting franchise which would end in 2020).
In his House Bill 3064, Nograles said an extension would allow ABS-CBN Converge to “provide various telecommunications services throughout the country at rates affordable to the consuming public.” But in an apparent swipe at Uy, Nograles said: “(ABS-CBN Converge) ensures that there is at least a third player in the telecommunications industry other than Globe Telecoms Inc. and Smart Communications.”
Nograles just ignored the fact that Uy was just awarded by President Rodrigo Duterte himself in Malacanang last July 8 a new franchise to run a mobile phone and broadband company, Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel), a P257 billion partnership with China Telecom.
Is Nograles doubting Uy’s ability to go toe-to-toe with Smart and Globe?
ABS-CBN Convergence, formerly known as Multi Telephony Inc., was originally in paging network and call center operations until it divested these concerns to focus on broadband in 2000. Its partnership with Globe for ABS-CBN mobile and SKY Mobi was discontinued in 2018 after five years.