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Poe to Aquino admin: Upgrade, invest in Internet infra

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Senator Grace Poe stressed Saturday the need for the government to “upgrade and invest more in network infrastructure and services” to improve the country’s Internet speed.

Poe said the problem of slow Internet connection in the country prevents Filipinos from “maximizing the benefits of the global information superhighway.”

“The Philippines has been lagging in terms of average Internet download speed globally and in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region,” the senator said in a press statement.

The upgrade is necessary if the government wants a greater number of Filipinos to have access to faster and cheaper Internet in the coming years.

Poe has filed Senate Resolution No. 1562 calling for a review of existing government infrastructure and investments in information and communications technology (ICT) in a bid to boost the industry’s full potential, address the problem of slow Internet speed and help sustain the country’s economic growth.

“Such review is necessary so we may know exactly how the government can improve Internet connectivity throughout the country, and help boost and support the growth of the ICT industry,” she said.

She noted that the government spent P1.6 billion last year and earmarked P3.18 billion this year to develop the ICT sector.

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