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DICT to Present National Broadband Plan to the Senate

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At the 2016 Educ Summit, Senator Bam Aquino shared in a speech that the newly formed DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology) is preparing the proposal for a National Broadband Plan. The DICT will present it to the Senate and hopefully get the funding and approval for implementation for it next year.

A National Broadband Plan will be a huge help to the country’s mobile infrastructure and can even pave the way for better and more efficient government services across multiple departments. If ever there’s a time to pass something like this, it’s today given the clampdown on corruption by the current administration and the high trust rating that the President enjoys. The previous National Broadband Plan was marred with corruption issues and was eventually scrapped by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Senator Bam Aquino has been championing a lot of digital issues in the Senate lately ranging from e-sports to even addressing the problem of trolls and fake news. See below a video where this writer was actually invited in a Senate Hearing to talk about “online trolls and how to address them”.

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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One Comment

  1. I like the idea. I just doubt the senator pushing this one. Hopefully, no personal interest or conflict of interest given the scandalous “avocado” thingy which is if you are updated, not necessarily tech savvy, you’ll find it wow!

    A company that is registered in SEC and was granted permit to operate does not have online presence. Kahit FB Page man lang. 🙁 Could that even means they are better on Marketing than the duopoly who uses every platform of social medias to convey their presence? It was even passed in to law July 2015 and the company is not even operating?

    https://www.senate.gov.ph/republic_acts/ra%2010895.pdf

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