PCC seeks role in ABS-CBN frequencies’ re-allocation

1/27/2022 9:30:00 PM

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Anti-trust watchdog Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) would like to be included in the approving body in the controversial reallocation of ABS-CBN frequencies in favor of Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS)

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Anti-trust watchdog Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) would like to be included in the approving body in the controversial reallocation of ABS-CBN frequencies in favor of Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS), Aliw Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Swara Sug Media Corporation (SSMC).

In a statement, PCC said it “recommends amending the rules to include it as approving body in the assignment of vacated or available frequencies.” According to PCC, this is a practice done by many jurisdictions across the world, in consideration of the impact on competition of players over scarce public goods like frequencies.

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Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Anti-trust watchdog Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) would like to be included in the approving body in the controversial reallocation of ABS-CBN frequencies in favor of Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS), Aliw Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Swara Sug Media Corporation (SSMC)., according to documents from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that were seen by the Inquirer.Channel 43 is where ABS-CBN used to air its TV Plus programs like Teleradyo, Jeepney TV, Yey!, Asianovela Channel, and CineMo, among others.formerly used by ABS-CBN Corp.

In a statement, PCC said it “recommends amending the rules to include it as approving body in the assignment of vacated or available frequencies.” According to PCC, this is a practice done by many jurisdictions across the world, in consideration of the impact on competition of players over scarce public goods like frequencies. The Inquirer received the documents on Tuesday morning and made multiple requests for comment to the NTC, whose officials have yet to reply. PCC acknowledged that the re-allocation of the said frequencies in favor of AMBS, ABC, and SSMC is a regulatory function of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). Aliw Broadcasting and Sonshine Media (Swara Sug Media Corp. It is not also covered by the provisions on merger review under the Philippine Competition Act, and thus need not be notified to the PCC. This effectively gives the Villar group control over the frequencies, a scarce public asset, while blocking future attempts by ABS-CBN to regain use of the spectrum. In the case of AMBS, this limits PCC’s purview until details of AMBS’ acquisition by the Villar Group, including its relation to Streamtech Systems Technologies Inc. This was a day after the NTC also granted a company controlled by former Senator Manuel Villar a provisional license to operate TV broadcasts in Metro Manila and Mega Manila using the frequencies previously held by ABS-CBN.

, are made public. Before awarding the frequencies, it also did not hold the traditional public selection process or “beauty contest”. Cabangon-Chua, Aliw Broadcasting currently operates Home Radio and DWIZ radio stations. Despite such constraints, the commission stressed the overarching principle of PCC to foster a level playing field among new or existing players. PCC also enjoined the public to check on the quality and price options available to the viewing public during the tenancy of AMBS, ABC, and SSMC as provisional authority-holders of frequencies previously managed by ABS-CBN. Uy and China Telecom. Moreover, PCC supports the passage of the “Open Access in Data Transmission Act” to pave the way for a more transparent and fair spectrum management in the country. In a phone interview, Deputy Commissioner Edgardo V. . The NTC said the 18-month provisional authority to Advanced Media was reviewed by the Department of Justice and Office of the Executive Secretary, which issued a “no objection” on the assignment of the vacated and available frequencies last December 29. 9006 or the Fair Elections Act, “No franchise or permit to operate a radio or television station shall be granted or issued, suspended or canceled during the election period.