Mark your calendars, penny-pinching Internet addicts: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced that it will start its free nationwide public Wi-Fi project this July! Konting tiis na lang!
According to the DOST, free broadband Wi-Fi will be available in public spots such as plazas, schools, hospitals, piers, airport terminals, and government agencies. Although it wasn't specified which areas in the country will get first servings of the project, the government agency did reveal that nationwide roll-out should be done before the year ends.
Sure, our country's slow-bro Internet speeds might make this great initiative suck more than Ginebra during endgames (Sorry, Gin Kings fans!) but this report states that the average speed will be 256kbps which is...not really fast, but good enough for stable social media access. Just don't expect it to make stuff like Full-HD video streaming in public possible or you'll be really disappointed, mmkay?
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As for the reason behind this certainly massive endeavor, the DOST states that it aims "to accelerate economic, social and educational opportunities and in reducing the digital divide." Good to know, sirs and madams!
As for the DOST's partners for the project, well, they're still in the process of looking for a private company to hook up with. And oh, there will also be a data cap, to help prevent people from abusing the connection for unproductive things like posting a gazillion selfies and playing mobile games (the DOST's looking at you, Clash of Clans fans).
Still, this bit of FTW news should be enough to put a smile on the faces of geeks around the country this #humpday. And if that doesn't work, well, maybe our weekly remedy will!
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