Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently announced that the free Wi-Fi internet access across the country will soon be launched in July 2015. With the average speed of 256 kbps, the free Wi-Fi hotspots will be place in the plazas, hospitals, schools, public offices, libraries, metro and train terminals, bus terminals, airport terminals and piers. According to the report, this project will be able to help people in provinces with education, especially since they will have access to government databases. This will also offers a cheaper alternative to long-distance phone calls.
“Kaugnay nito ng karapatan ng mamamayan sa impormasyon. Lalo na impormasyon na nanggagaling sa gobyerno. Kasi kung may free Wi-Fi, ma-access nila yung mga information na dapat iparating sa kanila,” Edgardo Cabarrios, NTC Director stated.
Data-capping (limits the transfer of a specified amount of data over a period of time) will be implemented as well inorder to prevent users from abusing the free Wi-Fi. Since there will be a need to rent infrastructure from private companies, bidding for partnerships with the private sector will be starting this month.
However, several commentators believed that the government must first find ways to increase the current internet speed in the Philippines.