The Philippines climbed three places to rank 12th worldwide in terms of the number of internet users.
This is based on the Internet World Stats’ latest ranking of the top 20 countries with the highest number of Internet users.
The survey found out that some 67 million Filipinos were now browsing the web, translating into a penetration rate of 63 percent.
The Philippines moved up from15th place in 2017 with an estimated 54 million users, or a penetration rate of 52 percent.
Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. asked Congress to pass House Bill No. 5337, which seeks to categorize broadband or high-speed Internet access as a “basic telecommunications service” subject to direct state regulatory supervision.
“We have to pigeon-hole broadband as a basic service to assure Filipinos superior Internet services and faster connection speeds countrywide,” said Campos.
Chinese tech magnate Jack Ma had said in a recent visit he was not happy about the Philippines’ Internet connection speed, which was rated the slowest in Asia Pacific by Akamai Technologies Inc.’s State of the Internet Report.