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The Juan Konek! Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project has traversed land, air and sea to connect the unconnected, and will continue in providing connectivity to the entire nation, under the helm of the newly created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The DICT, created under RA 10844, known as “the DICT Act of 2015” was mandated to be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda. The DICT Act of 2015 also abolishes the Information and Communications Technology Office under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) and transfers all its functions to the DICT.

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President Rodrigo Duterte, in his first SONA declared, “Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.”

The president’s directive is in line with one of the functions of the DICT as mandated in RA 10844, otherwise known as the DICT Act of 2015. Under improving public access, the DICT is mandated to establish a free internet service that can be accessed in government offices and public areas using the most cost-effective telecommunications technology.

Under a new administration, and a new department with a wider mandate, the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project is set to continue its goal of providing free Internet connectivity.

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