The Senate bill seeks to direct the Information and Communications Technology Office under the Department of Science and Technology to ensure free Wi-Fi service in the country’s capital region “to build an innovative, progressive, and rapidly digitizing economy.”
“Connectivity to the Internet will enhance business growth opportunities and will assure citizens in NCR ease of sourcing timely information at the click of a button,” Recto said. It also gives more opportunities to the under-privileged in terms of technology to access more information they need.
Proposed Areas with Wi-Fi Access:
- All national and local government offices
- Public health services and hospitals
- Public elementary and high schools, and state colleges and universities
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminals I, II, III and IV)
- Public libraries
- Tollways and expressways
- Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and other national roads
- Public transport terminals
- Port of Manila
- Mass rail transit stations (LRT Line 1, MRT Line 2, MRT Line 3, and PNR south rail)
The bill also wants to tap the existing commercial Internet service providers to provide the free public Wi-Fi for the meantime until a national broadband system is installed.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you think this bill is possible in the Metro? Are you going to benefit from it?
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