Philippines business groups support open internet access bill

The Philippines business community is expressing strong support for the Open Access in Internet Services bill.

Ten business groups in the Philippines are expected to sign tomorrow a joint statement of support for the proposed Open Access in Internet Services Act.

The groups include the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Export Development Council, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, Fintech Alliance.PH, Philippine Cable Television Association Inc., Internet Society – Philippines Chapter, Foundation for Media Alternatives, Democracy. net. Ph and Better Internet PH.

According to the coalition, the digital transformation of the Philipines is directly challenged by the shortcomings in internet access, quality and affordability. Supporting this, the National ICT Household Survey in 2019 showed that the Philippines entered the COVID-19 pandemic with only 47 percent of citizens using the internet and 18 percent of households having internet connection.