Sen. Aquino files bill to fine erring Telcos up to Php5M everyday
More hope for a better internet? A new bill filed in the Senate by Senator Bam Aquino seeks to bring teeth against erring telcos by imposing penalty amounts of up to five million Pesos for each single day they violate the National Telecommunications Commission’s rules and regulations.
Senate Bill no. 3208 seeks to “empower the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) by increasing the penalties and fines for violations against the authority of the NTC and its released certificates, orders, decisions, resolutions, or regulations,” according to the summary posted on the source. With heavier penalties, the NTC will have more teeth to impose its rules and can expect greater compliance from Internet providers to standards and regulations that have been set to advance Internet quality in the Philippines.
With this bill, Sen. Aquino aims erring telecom firms to be fined between P300,000 to P5 million for every single day, per violation of any certificate, authority, resolution and/or regulation of the NTC. “With heavier penalties, NTC can expect greater compliance from Internet providers to standards and regulations that have been set to advance Internet quality in the Philippines,” Sen. Bam said.
More can be read about the Senate Bill 3208 here.