The Philippines’ foreign chambers over the weekend expressed support for a bill to make it easier for more Internet service providers (ISPs) to enter the country’s broadband market.
In an emailed statement on Sunday, the JFC called for immediate passage of Bill 8910 or the Open Access in Data Transmission Act.
“The JFC believes that the enactment of this bill will significantly alleviate the challenges and difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for businesses of all sizes, schools, hospitals and governments that increasingly rely on digital connections in their work. and their daily life, ”part of the statement reads.
The measure aims to make it easier for ISPs to enter and compete in the local broadband market, allow faster and cheaper installation of broadband facilities, and lower the prices of Internet chargers across the country.
The JFC, however, called on lawmakers to reconsider retaining the duty-free requirement for international cable landing stations.
“The JFC sees this amendment as a barrier to the entry of more players in the broadband sector. Unfortunately, this will delay the reduction in the cost of broadband and the provision of a more complete range of digital access to broadband. consumers and citizens across the country, ”he said.
The declaration was signed by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.
The Philippine Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Philippine Korean Chamber of Commerce and the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters Inc. were also signatories. —LBG, GMA News