Senator Manuel ‘Lito’ Lapid has recently filed Senate Bill 1880, otherwise known as the “Roll-Over Internet Act’. The bill seeks to require internet service providers (ISPs) to automatically roll over unused internet data from promos.
“It is therefore imperative that the government enact and implement policies, measures, and strategies to address this connectivity problem and provide interventions that will improve our citizens’ experience with the quality of services offered by Internet service providers (ISPs), and telecommunications companies operating in our country. As one possible intervention towards this goal, this bill seeks to institutionalize a “roll-over data scheme” applicable to all ISPs. Through this scheme, unused data allocation from internet data packages or promos will not expire but will instead carry over to succeeding months until the end of the year. If at the end of the year, there are still remaining unused data allocations, the same will be converted into rebates. In turn, may be used for future subscriptions. Subscribers will definitely get the full value of the money they have spent in paying for these packages and promo,” explains Senator Manuel ‘Lito’ Lapid on his proposed bill, in an article by ABS CBN News. Read more: Lapid files bill seeking mandatory roll-over of unused internet data allocation.
The bill aims to mandate ISPs to a rollover data system – the rolled-over data allocation will be consumed in the succeeding month, until the end of the year. By the end of the year, unused data may be converted as rebates, which can be used as payment for internet service in the succeeding year. However, the bill does not cover users who avail of unlimited data packages.