DICT to pitch national broadband plan in Senate on Dec. 6

It’s all systems go for the Duterte administration’s version of the national broadband network as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents its plans for the multi-billion project to a Senate panel on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Sen. Bam Aquino with Sen. Sonny Angara during a Senate hearing

Sen. Bam Aquino with Sen. Sonny Angara during a Senate hearing

Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, chair of the Committee on Science and Technology, said he hopes the government’s broadband strategy will help leapfrog the country’s current internet infrastructure.

“I’m hopeful that it will be a good proposal and that we can leapfrog the current infrastructure,” Aquino said in a media interview.

Aquino said he expects the DICT to present different options on the national broadband plan: use the current infrastructure, put up its own system, or find other methodologies to connect.

“We have to know how much it will cost and what are the benefits of each option. It all boils down to cost-benefit analysis,” he said. “I will be cautious and wait for them to present properly.”

“We have to work on solutions that will give the public cheaper, better quality Internet for the long term,” he added.

According to Aquino, other stakeholders will also have a chance to scrutinize and propose changes that will fine-tune the DICT’s plan.

“Hopefully, we will be able to come to a consensus on what we need to do to be able to improve our internet infrastructure,” he said.

Aquino also invited the National Telecommunications Commission to the hearing to inquire about the status of new players that will help improve the competitive landscape.

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