Court of Appeals junks SMS refund order to customers
In 2014, Smart, Sun and PLDT approached the Court of Appeals to stop the Php7 billion refund ordered by the NTC and reduce the rate of text messages to Php0.80.
In June 27, the CA has announced its ruling and stated that the NTC did not have legal basis and did not follow due process. It further adds that a reduced inter-connection charges between telcos do not automatically mean cost of SMS should also go down.
The Court of Appeals also struck down the order to issue a refund to customers.
NTC made the order to reduce SMS charges and issue a refund back in November 20, 2012 and May 7, 2014. The NTC is expected to file a motion for reconsideration.