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Philippines senate wants more power for regulator

The Philippines senate committee on economic affairs wants the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to have more power to carry out its mandate to go after erring telecoms companies, the Manila Times reports. “Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the committee, said the NTC, the agency in charge of regulating and supervising public telecoms services, needs more power to impose penalties against companies that fail to deliver satisfactory services to consumers. The grant of additional power will be included in the committee report to be submitted by Gatchalian following the investigation held by the panel on the operation and regulation of the telecoms industry.” “Telecommunications is a public utility, and just like other public utilities, it has to be regulated to make sure that the playing field is even, to make sure that customers are getting the value that they are paying for,” Gatchalian said. “The NTC needs more teeth to better regulate the telecoms industry. I will make sure that it gets the same powers as the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission).” Read more

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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