ABS-CBN’s cable TV and fiber internet services provider SkyCable is seeking to curb the rampant illegal cable cutting activities that are affecting thousands of Filipino households nationwide.
Sky Cable has launched a campaign called “Oplan Kontra Putol” to combat the growing number of intentional cable-cutting incidents that are disrupting internet access and cable services.
“Oplan Kontra Putol demonstrates our commitment to provide a reliable and uninterrupted internet connection and cable services to our SKY Kapamilyas. Rest assured that we are working closely with local government units and authorities day in and day out to prevent these incidents from happening,” SKY chief operating officer Claudia Suarez said.
Sky Cable said intentional cable cuts happen when perpetrators snip off hard-to-reach fiber optic cables and sell the stolen copper wires inside for profit.
Under Republic Act 10515 or the Cable Theft Law, intentional cable cutting is punishable by law with imprisonment of two to five years or hefty fines imposed at the discretion of the court.
Sky Cable said it is actively working with various pay TV, telcos, and internet service providers for a concerted effort to curb the rampant illegal cable cutting activities.
“Intentional cable cutting is a disservice to the Filipinos, especially during this time when people rely heavily upon fast, secure, and reliable internet and cable access to go about their daily lives,” Sky Cable’s head of network operations RJ Licup said.
“We appeal to our SKY Kapamilyas and local government authorities to help us in our fight against intentional cable cutting. Our various platforms are available round-the-clock to receive reports from the public so that we can take the necessary actions to address these service interruptions and restore your services as soon as possible,” he added.