Guam’s telecommunications industry has chimed in on Net Neutrality but not all of the companies have said whether or not they will charge consumers differently or change speeds.
Guam – The Federal Communications Commission recently repealed Net Neutrality, which required that internet service providers treat all data on the internet the same. This principle prevented net providers from charging differently based on user, content, website, platform application, type of attached equipment or method of communication.
At PNC’s request, local internet providers weighed in on how this may or may not affect their customers.
IT&E says it will continue to review the new regulations, but does not anticipate “any immediate changes in current practices.” Docomo Pacific said it supports Net Neutrality, adding company officials “do not and will not interfere with the ability of our customers to access lawful internet content.” GTA said it “will comply with the rules and regulations with respect to net neutrality.” GTA adds that its focus “is to continue to deliver the best customer experience.”
READ THE FULL STATEMENTS FROM EACH COMPANY BELOW:
|IT&E (not attributed to any specific person):
We remain committed to providing telecommunications services to the Marianas with clarity. Our customers expect accessible speeds to websites and online content with their services. IT&E will continue to review the recent regulations concerning net neutrality but does not anticipate any immediate changes in current practices.
From our Chief Legal Officer James Hofman: DOCOMO PACIFIC supports network neutrality. We do not and will not interfere with the ability of our customers to access lawful Internet content. The issue currently being debated in Washington is how and to what extent the government should regulate the Internet, and how private industry can continue a tradition of “innovation without permission” – a policy embraced by both Democrats and Republicans for nearly 20 years. As the debate moves forward, we hope that policymakers will find the proper balance between encouraging innovation and continuing to provide robust protections for consumers.”
GTA (not attributed to any specific person):
GTA falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and will comply with the rules and regulations with respect to Net Neutrality. Our focus is to continue to deliver the best customer experience. We will continue to operate a strong network focused on quality and reliability. This is evident in our investment in the Southeast Asia-U.S. (SEA- US) undersea cable system, providing more capacity to meet the growing demand in data consumption. We are also committed to improving and expanding our VDSL/Fiber to the Neighborhood offerings and further enhancing our LTE mobile network.