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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Baguio granted P1.025 B for FREE NET project

Baguio City, Philippines – This city will soon be offering free internet connection to government facilities with the P1.025 billion project to establish the system through the National Broadband Program (NBP).

The NBP is the Department of Information and Communication’s (DITC) blueprint in accelerating telecom builds and is seen to bridge the digital divide in the Philippines, ensuring that Filipinos got to experience and enjoy accessible, affordable, and quality broadband services.

The City Council on their Regular Session on Monday, September 6, discussed said development with the Department of Information and Communications. It was cited that free internet services will be provided to government offices and government learning institutions in this city.

DICT Director Antonio Edward Padre during the session stated that they partnered with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in December and they were able to procure the NBP Phase 1 Project.

DICT in an official report dated October 6, 2020, stated that for Phase 1, the DICT will activate the Cable Landing Station in Baler, Aurora, and connect to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Node in San Fernando La Union through the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure. DICT will then activate and light up of 4 DICT nodes and 15 NGCP nodes that will connect with various DICT equipment.

With this, they can provide bandwidth to nearby govnet clients and Free-WiFi beneficiaries.

Baguio and La Trinidad, Benguet were among the 25 areas identified by DICT to where NBP Phase 1 will be implemented.

Said project begun earlier this year set to be finished before the year ends.

As of the moment, 62 offices and facilities in the city and some areas of La Trinidad are enjoying a free internet connection through bandwidth from an existing government network.


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