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Luis Campos announces P2.4-B funding for free Internet Wi-Fi hotspots

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The national government is investing another P2.4 billion next year to put up thousands of new physical locations where Filipinos may obtain free access to the Internet, Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said Monday, September 28.

Campos, a vice chairperson of the House appropriations committee, said the additional funding for the Free Internet Wi-Fi Connectivity in Public Places Project is lodged in the budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for 2021.

“Additional password-free Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed in public parks, plazas, libraries and barangay reading centers,” Campos said.

“The target sites also include public transport terminals, airports and seaports, public hospitals, rural health units and barangay health centers,” he added.

Free Internet access points will likewise be put up in local government offices and in the training centers of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Since 2017, Congress has authorized an aggregate of P4.4 billion in appropriations for the installation of free Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, without counting the P2.4 billion provision for 2021.