House Bill No. 5791: House approves Free public Wi-Fi act

A bill that will mandate the provision of free public wireless Internet access in public buildings, terminals, parks, and plazas nationwide has been approved by the House of Representatives.

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The Free Public Wi-Fi Act or  House Bill No. 5791 (HB 5791) was proposed by the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology chaired by Rep. Joel Roy R. Duavit (1st District, Rizal) and Rep. Ridon.

The co-authors of HB 5791 include: Reps. Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo; Mariano Michael M. Velarde, Jr.; Francis Gerald A. Abaya; Monique Yazmin Q. Lagdameo, Antonio L. Tinio and Jonathan Dela Cruz.

HB 5791 seeks to solve the problem of inter-connectivity in the country by providing readily available free Internet access in all major public places.

The broadband hotspots shall be installed in all:

1. National government offices
2. State universities and colleges
3. Public parks and plazas
4. Public hospitals and;
5. Public transportation terminals

The bill stipulates that the  access to Internet in the said facilities and areas shall not be restricted with passwords.

These days, Internet access and social media portals have been instrumental in curbing security threats in public places, and it extends to many uses like instant reporting of public disturbances and the like.

But still, there are downsides in having free wi-fi everywhere, said netizens on Debate.Org.

Issues like hacking, radiation (electromagnetic), overuse, and setup plus operation costs were highlighted.

In any case, the said Free Public Wi-Fi Act will be a welcome choice for those in the lower socioeconomic groups.

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Source: ABS-CBN News

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