Free Wi-Fi along EDSA starting Independence day; gift by the Ph government to its people

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This is the first stage of “Alay Para sa Malayang Pilipino” free Wi-Fi program of the government. Free public Wi-Fi is now available across the whole 24-kilometer stretch of EDSA starting June 12, Independence Day.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced on Saturday that they will be making high-speed internet connectivity available at street level in Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, EDSA.

The government said on its website they have set up access points in all Metro Rail Transit (MRT) stations and in between stations.

Eliseo Rio, DICT undersecretary for Special Concerns, told The Manila Times: “Pipol Konek will be free all throughout and offer fast Wi-Fi internet connectivity.” However, Globe and Smart/PLDT will provide free internet only for the first 30 minutes or 1 hour of connectivity.

Rio said: “The first stage that will be operational on Independence Day 2017 will cover all 13 Metro Rail Transit Line 3 stations from North Avenue to Taft, and the continuous stretch of EDSA from Guadalupe to Cubao at street level.”

The second stage  —  from Cubao to North Avenue and from Guadalupe to Taft Avenue –  will start before the President’s State of the Nation Address on July 24.

The third stage covers the entire 24 kilometer stretch of EDSA, from the Mall of Asia to Balintawak, starting August.

The project is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the government will provide free Wi-Fi services in public areas nationwide.

“Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports, and seaports,” he said.

Duterte had also ordered the DITC to develop a national broadband plan.

Service testing of the project were held over the weekend.