Telecom firm owner says probe is politically motivated

PAMPANGA businessman Dennis Uy said the investigation into the billing scheme of his company, Converge ICT Solutions Incorporated, is politically motivated.

Uy issued the statement in reaction to accusations hurled against Converge, which the Angeles City Council is set to investigate.

Among the concerns raised against Converge, an internet services provider, are rate increase and slow internet connection.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting and Councilor Jesus Sangil earlier told SunStar Pampanga that the City Council is set to conduct an investigation to allow the internet provider to address these issues.

Uy clarified that his company did not increase its rates. He said bills for this month increased because the firm added the charges for nine days that were not included in the April billing statement.

Uy said Converge's rates are lower compared to those of other internet providers in the city and other parts of the country.

On the issue of poor services and slow internet connection, he said there are no perfect firms in the industry.

Uy expressed apprehension that he is being singled out by city officials because of politics, and that they instead should also investigate other giant telecom companies with poor services in the city.

"Why am I being singled out here? This is purely politics," Uy said.

He said his firm's more than 60,000 subscribers all over the country will transfer to other telecom firms if their service is bad.

"We already have subscribers in Manila, Baguio, Pangasinan, and other places. Remember, I started with cable connections. But because of technology, we upgraded our systems and connections to fiber optic gradually to improve our services and provide our clients fast internet connections and clear television signals," Uy said.

The businessman said he is planning to meet with Mayor Carmelo Lazatin over the weekend to shed light on the issues.

Uy said he is currently attending a meeting with the Fiber Broadband Association in Japan.


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