DOST to put up 50,000 Free Public WiFi starting 2015

DOST to put up 50,000 Free Public WiFi starting 2015




The Department of Science and Technology is looking to set up over 50,000 free public WiFi hotspots nationwide. This is based on their proposed budget of Php3 billion for next fiscal year.

The initial roll-out will start in 2015 and will include thousands of public school buildings, hospitals and medical centers, government structures and public spaces including the whole MRT, LRT, airports, sea ports, train stations (PNR) all the way down to baranggays with priority to 5th and 6th class municipalities.


 

DOST’s Public WiFi Program initially had a proposed budget of Php338 million but this was later increased to Php3 billion.

This project is perhaps the closest we’ve seen to that controversial NBN-ZTE National Broadband Project back in 2007 {read more}.

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12 Responses

  1. nemo says:

    2.62 billion increase! Free wifi baka 3 mbps lang speed

  2. Hen-Sheen says:

    Before Free WiFi, how about a boost of internet speed up to 10Mbps? “DOST to put up 50,000 Free Public WiFi starting 2015”, something’s amiss here………

    • archie says:

      50000 units. Tapos kukunin nila eh yung P1500 plan na regular speed, good for 5 users so 75m sa isang buwan ang subscription fee. Siguradong free installation ang mangyayari at meron pang major discount dahil malaking account.

      Lock-in contract ng 24 months sa internet provider kaya ang total na gastos nila ay 1.8 billion lang. Tubong lugaw pa rin sila ng 1.2 billion. Dapat ito ang pinoprotesta ng mga akbayan at anak pawis. Tangna bobo din yung direktor ng DOST, mangungurakot lang halata pa.

    • hindi lang yun says:

      archie,

      you should also take into computation ng CapEx yung establishment ng 50,000 sites na ito. i doubt kung basta iseset lang yung routers kung saan-saan. either they will construct posts or acquire fee’s from private buildings para makilagay.

      as you said, kung regular plan lang na P1500 ito, modem lang yan at siguro free installation. BUT, gaya ng sa ELECTRICITY AT WATER connections, kahit government facilities, malaki ang binabayad sa installations.

      THIS WILL REQUIRE FULL PUBLIC DISCLOSURE para ma-scrutinize. definitely ipopost nila yan sa website nila.

      WELL SANA.

  3. archie says:

    kung yung 3 billion na yun ay ilalaan na lang sa ibang projects tulad ng pagbili ng gobyerno sa expressways mula sa private maintenance para di na tayo magbayad ng toll fees. O di kaya iupgrade ang science facilities ng mga school. Wala na kasi pork barrel kaya pumaparaan na lang ang mga pnyeta. Siguradong may politikong nag suggest nyan tapos may cut din si director. Alalahanin malapit na ang eleksyon kailangan na ng pondo.

  4. bad says:

    imagine pag ginamit to sa school, mga studyante freely maka access ng social media, porn etc. pinagaralan kaya to ng maigi tong proposal nato, at may testing ba kaya mangyayari ano yung mga possible impact pag fully implemented na.

  5. wee says:

    i smell something FISHY!

  6. damarkcus says:

    Free Wifi ????? pwede yung internet speed muna ang isipin

  7. ren says:

    its like saying “free meal” pero hindi natin alam kung ano ang “niluto” nila! crazy government!

  8. Julio B. Culala Jr. says:

    Julio B. Culala Jr.
    http://instagram.com/p/vzoqsCLc9G/

  9. noel says:

    Maybe the remaining 1.2B shall be used for maintenance/repair of defective units/access points..Just my two cents. Chills..

  10. james says:

    tangina corruption na na man,,dapat aasikso nyu mga loko loko telcos dito satin,,icancel ang license nila if di nila kaya itupad ung inadvertise nila na unli or unlimited surfing etc..inside job na na man yan mga pre,,mg gising na man kyo..lagi tayo lina laro ng mga pulitiko na mga yan.di ko na talaga alam kung kailan tayo mgkaroon ng maayos ng gobeyrno..sana kunin na lng ang china itong bansa na to para ifire squad mga kurakot….

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