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Gov?t set to roll out free Wi-Fi project in Edsa on June 12

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), together with the National Telecommunications Commmission (NTC), will formally launch on Independence Day, June 12, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet services, dubbed as ?Alay Para sa Malayang Pilipino,? in the whole stretch of Edsa.

Photo credit: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
Photo credit: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Free Wi-Fi is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016.

?I have ordered the newly-created DICT to develop a National Broadband Plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies to improve Internet speed,? Duterte said during his Sona.

The chief executive further instructed the DICT ?to provide Wi-Fi access in selected public places throughout the country.?

To make the Edsa project happen, the DICT has provided access points in all MRT stations and in between stations, and sought the help of local telcos to enhance infrastructure for cellular services along Edsa.

Service testing of the project has started, which identified the stretch of Cubao to Guadalupe as a priority area. — PNA


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