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OMFG YES: Senate Bill Filed For Free Public Wi-Fi In Metro Manila!

Free public Wi-Fi in Metro Manila? Count us in! Read on to learn more about the Senate bill that aims to make this a sweet reality.
by Neps Firmalan | May 22, 2014
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Meanwhile, in news that made us scream “Hell yeah!,” Senator Ralph Recto just filed Senate Bill 2232 which mandates the government to provide free public Wi-Fi in Metro Manila. Got that, government? Free Wi-Fi for all Manileños!

manila free public wi-fi"Yes, makakapag-Instagram na kami sa jeep ng libre!"

The bill, also called the Free Metro Manila Wifi Act of 2014, states that free Wi-Fi should be provided in the following areas within the metro:

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  • All government offices
  • Public hospitals
  • Public elementary and high schools, state colleges and universities
  • EDSA and other national roads
  • Tollways and expressways
  • NAIA (Terminals  I, II, III, and IV)
  • Public parks and libraries
  • Public railway systems including the MRT, LRT, and PNR

The skeptic in you might ask, “Eh saan naman kukunin ang pondo para diyan, aber?” Section 6 of the bill holds the answer stating that public funds from the NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) and/or savings under the current national budget will be used.

If ever the bill gets the go-signal from the Senate, the Congress, and P-Noy, existing commercial ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will be tapped to transform this Pinoy geek dream into awesome reality.

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"For the Philippines to further establish itself as an emerging economy, a public broadband internet infrastructure must be in place beginning with the National Capital Region," Senator Recto explains. He adds that a free public Wi-Fi in Metro Manila will give citizens access to important information (e.g. traffic advisories, disaster updates) in a jiffy while also getting our less fortunate bros online.

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We hear you, Mr. Senator, and we’re all in for your proposal. But please, can we do something about our crappy Internet speeds first? A free public Wi-Fi service in Metro Manila will be next to useless if it sends us back to the dial-up age, you know. Magbabayad na lang kami, tenkyu.

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