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Gov’t Setting Up 100,000 Free Wi-Fi Sites Nationwide


More good news for PH internet

After President Duterte approved the National Broadband Program a few days ago, the government is reportedly planning to setup 100,000 Wi-Fi sites in the country.

According to GMA News’ JP Soriano, the government is alotting Php 3 billion for the 10-year internet project to alleviate the poor internet access and connectivity in the country, specifically in far-flung areas and the provinces.

Despite the proliferation of mobile devices in the country, less than 3 of 10 homes have internet access in the country, and as a result the PH ranks 64th among 138 countries in terms of households connected to the net, according to 2016 data from the United Nations Broadband Commission for Development.

Based on the same data, the PH has been surpassed by countries like Jamaica, Fiji, Bhutan, Sudan, Ghana, Indonesia and Uzbekistan.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Usec. Jorge Sarmiento said that Wi-Fi sites will be set up in public places.

“Sa mga park, plaza sa mga local government unit areas, health centers, pier ang lalagyan ng free public Wi-Fi … we are aiming to cover all municipalities in the country,” he said.

Public schools will also have free Wi-Fi connections.

President Duterte earlier approved the National Broadband Program, where he emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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