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Condominium Developers Should Not Restrict its Residents to Only One Internet Provider – PCC

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on Monday, February 15, 2021, revealed charging a condominium developer “for abuse of dominance in exclusive internet deal.”

For limiting its residents to use its in-house exclusive internet service provider (ISP) and preventing entry of competitors, a case against a condominium developer in Mandaluyong City has been filed by the Enforcement Office of the PCC. According to the PCC it was in violation of the Philippine Competition Act.

“Under the Philippine Competition Act, an entity found to have abused its dominance in the market could face a fine of up to P110 million,” stated PCC Chair Arsenio Balisacan.

The PCC also bared that complaints of having no access to an alternative ISP despite higher prices, slower speed, and unreliability of internet connection have been shared by the residents to the commission’s investigators.

“As more Filipinos shift to working and learning from home under the new normal, property developers competing for the market of digital connectivity should not resort to unduly foreclosing competition and restricting choices for consumers, but compete on fair terms.”

– PCC Enforcement Director Orlando Polinar

“After all, the competition law does not prevent condominiums to offer their own ISPs, provided other options are made available to residents,” the PCC Enforcement Director Orlando added.

Where to Report?

If you have experienced a similar incident or have experienced other anti-competitive agreements or abuse of dominance, you can report such at the Enforcement Office of the PCC by filling up the form found in this link:

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Source: Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), Philippine Competition Commission| Official Facebook Page

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