President Duterte approves national broadband plan, gov’t portal

Photo from Secretary Many Pinol via FB
  • President Duterte approved the creation of a national broadband plan March 6
  • The establishment of a national broadband plan aims to deliver faster internet service in PH
  • Salalima: The country would spend P77-billion to P199-billion to install a broadband plan

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the establishment of a national broadband plan – to deliver faster internet service in the country – and a national government portal; Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol announced via Facebook on Monday.

According to Pinol, who was present at the 13th Cabinet Meeting in Malacanang, the president’s approval happened after the presentation done by Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

Duterte, in addition, emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.

The President said before, he want DICT to develop a national broadband plan that would accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed.

The DICT, as per an Inquirer story, earlier proposed to Duterte a scaled-down national broadband network in areas  not reached by large telecom providers, aside from wiring government agencies.

Salalima also said in a Senate hearing on 2016 that the country would spend P77-billion to P199-billion to install a broadband plan from scratch.

Duterte, as disclosed in an ABS-CBN News story, threatened the country’s telecom sectors that he would open the competition to more players if these would not improve their service. The country, apparently, is one among those who has the slowest internet in the world.

The project, as per a Philippine Star article, was already intended to be established during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo via the $329-million broadband deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corp., but was canceled due to allegations of corruption and overpricing.

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