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We May Need To Refrain From Downloading, Watching Too Many Videos While In Quarantine

There's a lot of competition for precious bandwidth.
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Have you been experiencing slow internet lately? If watching YouTube and Netflix, or uploading Tiktok videos have been keeping you occupied in the confines of your home, you may have to start putting a cap on your time spent.

In an interview with DZMM this morning, Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) urged netizens to refrain from downloading and watching too many videos.

“There will be times that you will experience slow internet connection because [so many people are watching and downloading videos at the same time. Hindi na kaya ng infrastruktura natin,” Rio said, adding that the government’s “ultra-high speed information highway” project, slated for the first quarter of this year, has not yet been completed.

In the EU, Commissioner Thierry Breton appealed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to lower video definition to help lessen the strain on Europe’s infrastructures, reports Gizmodo. In a tweet, he said:

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“To beat #COVID19, we #StayAtHome. Teleworking and streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain. To secure internet access for all, let’s #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary.”

The Luzon Bypass Infrastructure

Announced in November 2017, the government, in partnership with Facebook, launched a project to build the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure consisting of two cable landing stations on the east and west coasts of Luzon.

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“In exchange for utilizing the bypass infrastructure, Facebook will provide the Philippine government with spectrum equivalent to at least two-million megabits per second (mbps),” Rio said at the launch.

This project aims to give the general public faster and more affordable internet. It will power initiatives such as Free Public Internet Access, the National Government Portal, and other information and communication technology projects of government agencies.

Internet Use in the Philippines

Social Weather Stations reported in June 2019 that 46% of adult Filipinos use the internet. Usage was highest in Metro Manila, and consistently higher among the younger generation who are more educated.

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According to Statista, 25% of the population used their mobile phones to access the internet and it’s forecasted to grow to 50% by 2023.

With a lot of competition for precious bandwidth with people either working from home or entertaining themselves with Netflix, YouTube, social media, and more. It can only be expected for the country’s limited infrastructure to groan under the weight of demand.

This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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