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Rep. Terry L. Ridon (Party-list, Kabataan) has filed a bill seeking to lower the cost
of mobile phone serices and also mandate the telecomm!nication companies to file a
petition with the "ational Telecomm!nications #ommission ("T#) wheneer price
ad$!stments on phone serice fees are proposed.
Ridon said %o!se &ill '()* also seeks the abolition of the interconnection fees for
mobile phone serices saying +the telecomm!nication companies hae already reco!ped
their e,penses for infrastr!ct!re and e-!ipment that enable interconnectiity..
+/bolishing the interconnection charges wo!ld greatly contrib!te to lowering
mobile phone rates witho!t harming the economic iability of telecomm!nication
companies,. Ridon said.
Ridon said there is a need to empower the "T# to impose sanctions against
telecomm!nications firms that do not adhere to the commission0s reg!lations.
+Testament to this sit!ation is the way telecomm!nications firms for the large part
ignored the "T#0s memorand!m circ!lar that red!ced the interconnection fees for te,t
messaging from (1 centaos to 21 centaos per te,t, th!s bringing down the cost of te,t
message by 3* centaos,. Ridon said.
4nder the bill, telecomm!nication companies shall charge a standard rate of fees for
mobile phone serices to their s!bscribers in accordance with the rates established by the
The #ell!lar 5obile Telecomm!nications 6erice Proiders (#5T6) are re-!ired to
file a petition with the "T# on any proposed ad$!stment in the approed ceiling rates of
mobile phone serices.
The bill mandates "T# to impose administratie fees, penalties and sanction
against erring telecomm!nication firms and s!spend action on all and f!t!re application
for the ad$!stment of the rate of fees to mobile phone serices of #5T6 proiders.
The "T# has also the a!thority to direct appropriate goernment financial
instit!tions to withhold the releases on any loans or credit accommodation, which the
iolating #5T6 proiders may hae with them. ((*) mrs
NR # 3569B
AUG 25, 2014