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May 25, 2017
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The free Wi-Fi bill that aims to provide reliable internet access in public places is one step closer to becoming a law.

This is after the bicameral committee report on the proposed measure was approved, GMA News Online reports.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved their respective versions of the bill but there were some key differences that had to be ironed out through a bicameral committee.

If approved, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will head the implementation of the Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Areas Act.

Under the proposed measure, the DICT will spearhead the installation of internet hotspots at government-owned properties and other public places.

Some of these places include:
-Government offices
-Public schools and state colleges
-Public hospitals
-Public parks and plazas
-Public transportation systems (bus terminals, train stations, seaports and airports)

Aside from this, the measure also ensures to protect the public’s privacy by prohibiting the collection of the personal data of the users.

The DICT has already been allotted a P1.7 billion budget from the 2017 national funds to implement the measure.

Providing free internet access to the public was one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promises to the nation.

 

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