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Ichung'wah Wants Expiry Of Data Bundles Removed

National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wah has called for the expiration of the data package to be removed.

Ichung'wah said telecom companies and internet service providers should factor in how packages purchased by users expire.

"They have to be held accountable," he said. "Because providing internet is a service like any other. It's like the water and energy that comes to your home. And you pay for what you use."

He spoke on Thursday during parliamentary proceedings.

"Therefore, they cannot charge Kenyans what they do not consume," Ichung'wah added.

He lamented that even if a package expires before it is fully used, the providers do not give an account of the money used.

The Kikuyu MP reiterated that service providers are exploiting Kenyans, urging the ICT Commission under the leadership of MP Dagoretti John Kyari, to look into the issue.

He said the services were a punishment for young Kenyans who use packages to work online with the aim of improving their livelihoods.

“Time limits on data use tend to enrich telecom giants while depriving millions of young people from using the Internet.”

Ichung'wah was in favor of a proposal by Kamukungi MP Yusuf Hassan to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

"I am seeking a statement regarding expiration of unused data packets and widespread throttling of internet speed by ISPs," Yusuf said while presenting the proposal.

He asked the committee to deal with service providers and reach a decision before entering the House of Representatives for the December recess.

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