Wireless Internet installer falls in buy-bust-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
THE police arrested a man who allegedly installs stolen wireless Internet connection.
The Mabolo Police Station in Cebu City conducted a buy-bust operation against Paul Lacaron yesterday morning, acting on a complaint from Globe Telecom.
For P30,000, the 37-year-old Lacaron allegedly installs wireless Internet connection for households. His customers do not pay monthly fees for the service.
But Mabolo Police Chief Ryan Devaras said Lacaron’s customers enjoyed free Internet connection at the expense of Globe Telecom subscribers.
He said Globe Telecom sought the help of the police after receiving complaints from subscribers that their Internet connection was slow and their telephone service was problematic.
Devaras said Globe found that Lacaron’s installation tapped the connection of its subscribers in the area.
“Hayahay kaayo ang mga clients niya nga kausa ra mobayad (His clients have the advantage of paying only once) to him while the legal consumers who pay their monthly bills are the ones affected since their signal is disrupted,” he said.
Jojo Viray, Globe Telecom security department chief, said that the company conducted its own investigation and found that Lacaron does not have a license from the National Telecommunications Commission to install and provide wireless Internet service.
The police seized several modems, ethernet cables and other equipment, as well as almost P200,000 in cash from Lacaron during the buy-bust.
Lacaron, who hails from Sitio Burgos in Carcar City, said his operation is legal and he even buys supplies from Hong Kong.
“Kung illegal pa ni dili unta ko ka basta-basta og order aning akong mga equipment (If my business is illegal I would not have been able to order these equipment from Hong Kong)?” asked Lacaron.
Lacaron, who used to worked as satellite installer in a cable company, said he only installs a “repeater” or antenna that creates Wi-Fi or telephone signal in mountainous areas.
He said he promotes his business through the Internet and his customers contact him through his website. He has been operating since 2004 and had never been arrested.
Viray said Lacaron’s antenna interferes with Globe’s signal.
Devaras said that they will check if Lacaron’s clients have a liability. He said Lacaron’s clients should know that they are not connected with a legitimate telecommunications company.
He said they will also check if subscribers of other telecommunications companies have complaints.
Lacaron will be charged for violating Republic Act 2722 or the E-Commerce Act.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2013.