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5 Key Things About PH Free WiFi by the DOST

Quezon City Circle, one of the first public areas in the PH with free WiFi courtesy of DOST
Quezon City Circle, one of the first public areas in the PH with free WiFi courtesy of DOST

Wow, They’re Actually Going to Do It!

Ever since the government announced that they planned on providing free WiFi in public spaces, we were very skeptical. However it looks like this project is going to see the light of day! The Free WiFi program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to do an Alpha launch very soon. We’ve distilled the 5 most important things you need to know about it below. 🙂

1. It will launch on July 24 during the National Science and Technology Week at the SMX Convention Center. You can actually drop by (admission is free) as the fair runs until July 28.

2. It will be available in 5 areas: Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City Hall, Philippine Coconut Authority Building, Social Security System Building, LTO QC, and Rizal Park. Over the course of the next few months the coverage will increase to more public areas.

3. Users can get high-speed Wi-Fi. However you have a data limit of 50MB daily.

4. Beyond the 50MB limit, you can still access the free Internet but at throttled speeds (most likely 256 kbps).

5. You can access most of the Internet. They will block “harmful” websites.

If ever you guys decide to go to these places for the free WiFi, be extra careful with your smartphones, tablets, and laptops. If there’s one thing we’re sure of it’s that snatchers and thieves will abound in these areas. Be EXTRA VIGILANT. 😛

If you want to know more, check out the news report of GMA about this below.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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8 Comments

  1. You’re forgetting one thing amidst the excitement and traditional (physical) security concerns. The very real problem of honeypots, impersonation, various man-in-the-middle attacks, and resultant identity theft.

    For the love of everything holy, I hope people that use this have at least private VPN service, or otherwise your data is out there in the open. Even with, I’d still be wary, and that’s not counting the danger posed by aircrack enthusiasts/wannabes. Standard security protocols are flimsy enough to be compromised by tools even at default settings.

  2. malalaman mo mga pinoy kausap mo pag ganyang mga comment ang narereceive mo. sala sa init sala sa lamig.

  3. Kung inipon na lang yung budget para bumili ng bagong barko na pandigma. Para paraan para makakuha ng pundo. Government doesn’t know how to prioritize important matters. After 2 years, wala na yung free wifi kasi naubos na budget. After 10 years, sa China na ang Pilipinas.

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