Filipino authorities approve VoIP bill

31 May 2006

The Philippines’ House of Representatives has ratified a bill designed to deregulate voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony, according to citing Simeon Kintanar, chairman of the House committee on information and communications technology. The news has been welcomed by the Senators Manuel Roxas II, Joker Arroyo, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and Sergio Osmeña III, who had filed similar bills, and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) deputy commissioner Jorge Sarmiento who is reportedly ‘elated’ by the news. The bill comes after a ruling from the NTC that VoIP is classed as a value added, rather than voice service.