House bill seeks halt on mobile spam from telcos

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Photo credit: Photo credit:[/caption] Ang Mata’y Alagaan party-list representative Lorna Velasco, author of House Bill 4510, said promotional texts and advertisements sent by telecommunication firms have resulted in higher monthly bills for subscribers. The bill defines unsolicited materials such as advertisements, offerings, promotions, subscriptions and other notification to their subscribers. Collectively, these unsolicited ads are known as mobile spam. “While some of the messages sent to subscribers are free, they remain unsolicited and intrude into the privacy of the consumers,” Velasco said. Velasco said Congress has the role to protect the consumers from unscrupulous telephone companies. “It is incumbent upon us to enact laws to protect our people from these inappropriate practice,” she said. Under the bill, violators face a fine of P20,000 to P100,000 per violations. Senate Bill 1583 or An Act Prohibiting Cellphone Network Companies from Sending Unsolicited Material to Their Subscribers via txt or SMS was also introduced by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada. ]]>

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