Through the National Broadband Program (NBP), government agencies can avail Internet service at P50 per Mbps of Internet bandwidth per month compared to the current P350, the DICT said.
The initiative is part of Phase 1 of the National Broadband Program (NBP) which will link provincial broadband networks through fiber-optic cables.
The DICT reported that it has already tested 158 dark fiber segments of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and completed construction of the cable landing stations at Baler Aurora and Poro Point, La Union.
The DICT disclosed that it is about to sign another agreement with cable operators for them to serve as a viable last mile connectivity in the different parts of the country.
The pilot project implementation is scheduled on November-December 2018 to light up portions of the 6,154-kilometer dark fiber network of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and showcase high-speed internet to Government Network (GovNet) and Pipol Konek Free Wi-Fi in Public Places beneficiaries.
According to Tarlac representative Victor A. Yap, the DICT should have its own policy to combat the spread of fake news.