Texting for Economic Improvement?
The parliament in Manila is planning to implement an excise tax on text messages in a desperate attempt to narrow the country’s budget deficit this year.
A bill in the house of representatives is seeking a tax of five centavos ($0.001) on every message sent by a mobile phone.
The government says that it will only support the tax if it does not affect consumers.
However, the three major telecommunication companies in the Philippines, which are protesting against the proposed measure, said the move would hit users because offers such as unlimited texting would no longer be viable.