Four months from now, the Department of Science and Technology will be rolling out Wi-Fi hotspots that the public can access for free at several locations across the Philippines.
Heavily populated public locations will be where DOST will implement its free public Wi-Fi project. These locations include academic institutions, hospitals, transport hubs, government offices and plazas. The average speed is terribly slow at 256Kbps, which is even way below the country’s average Internet speed at 3.6Mbps. But at least it’s free, so it’s a start. Each user will have a data cap to prevent abuse.
With free public Wi-Fi, Philippine citizens will be able to gain access to information, especially data and figures that are issued by the government. Free Internet access will also help in education and in reducing costs in long-distance communication.