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Cuba expands internet access, but under a very wary eye

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The telecommunications sector in Cuba – once one of the world's least connected countries – is changing more than any other in the past year

CUBA ONLINE. Young Cubans connect to internet from their mobile phone in Havana, on June 6, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Internet in Ethiopia hit by week-old cuts

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Cherer Aklilu, executive director of the state monopoly Ethio Telecom, declines to give any details to explain the break

NO INTERNET. Kaleb Alemayehu, the owner of an internet cafe in the city of Adama, southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, checks a computer on April 4, 2018. File photo by Solan Kolli/AFP

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Feb 02, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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Havana protests U.S. move to boost internet access in Cuba

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The communist-ruled island is one of the least connected countries in the world

INTERNET IN CUBA. A woman uses public WiFi to connect her phone in a street of Havana, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Internet restored in DR Congo after deadly protests

Jan 02, 2018 - 6:00 PM

On Sunday, Catholic and opposition groups pushed ahead with banned demonstrations, which were met with a deadly crackdown by authorities

Iran blocks internet on third night of protests

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Unverified videos on social media appeared to show thousands marching through the western cities of Khorramabad, Zanjan and Ahvaz, while reports spread rapidly that several people had been shot dead by police in the town of Dorud.

PROTEST. An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Photo by stringer / AFP

House passes 45 bills on final reading after summer break

May 03, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The approved bills include one that prohibits hospitals from demanding deposits before treating patients and one that mandates free public internet access

FIRST DAY HIGH. The House of Representatives approve on 3rd reading a total of 45 bills on May 2. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What is the National Broadband Plan?

Mar 26, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The National Broadband Plan is developed to address the longstanding issue of Internet connection quality in the Philippines Here s what you need to know

House approves free public Wi-Fi bill on 2nd reading

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The Senate already approved the bill on final reading Thus the bill is a step closer to becoming a law

FREE WI-FI. Congressmen oks on 2nd reading a bill mandating free public Wi-Fi in the country.

Senate approves bill on free public Wi-Fi

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED Voting 18 0 senators approve the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act on 3rd and final reading

Senate poised to pass bill on free public Wi-Fi

Mar 12, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The House of Representatives is also expected to approve the measure on 2nd reading by Wednesday March 15

Want free public WiFi? Slash processing time of permits – DICT

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The requirements are very simple But it takes a month or two or three before [local governments] provide right of way says the department’s project manager for the free public WiFi program

FRAYED CONNECTION. The issue with LGU permits remains unresolved, hindering the speed at which the DICT and its partners can roll out its free WiFi project.

Free Wi-Fi projects slowed down by delayed LGU permits

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Telcos and the DICT say the long road to securing permits from LGUs hinders them from putting up infrastructure quickly

CONNECTED NATION. Bills pushing for free internet can transform the value of an internet connection from being a privilege to a right

Free Wi-Fi nationwide: A rundown of government initiatives

Aug 31, 2016 - 4:37 PM

These are the elected leaders and agencies pushing for an internet for all ideal

CONNECTED NATION. The big hope is that these programs will allow more Filipinos to go online. Illustration by Nina Martinez

DICT to make free Internet more accessible – official

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Outgoing ICTO Executive Director Louis Casambre expresses confidence that the Philippines can boost digital services through the newly created department

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

IT revolution crucial to seeing PH through growth crossroads

Mar 13, 2016 - 9:10 PM

A new study shows that the country has a rare window of opportunity to spur greater growth but it must focus on innovation

Global Internet population grows to 3.2 billion – study

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:56 AM

Facebook s second annual State of Connectivity report released late Sunday February 21 shows 200 million people gained Internet access in 2015 due to more affordable data and rising global incomes

State of Connectivity Report. Facebook's yearly assessment of Global Internet Access is released. Screen shot from Facebook newsroom.

Laylo poll: Poe is top pick for Internet, social media users

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Senator Grace Poe has also topped the January Laylo survey and regained the top spot in the Pulse Asia poll

STILL LEADING POLLS. Senator Grace Poe starts her presidential bid in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila on Feb. 9, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Memo to 2016 hopefuls: Filipinos deserve faster, stable Internet

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The benefits of faster and reliable Internet access are immense and obvious yet politicians and the government have done very little about it

Google 'Loon' aims to give remote Indonesian areas internet access

Oct 29, 2015 - 3:20 PM

Indonesia is a good candidate for further testing because only a third of its 250 million people has access to the Internet

GOOGLE LOON. Google Loon to parachute over Indonesia. Photo from Wikimedia

#DearNextPresident: Youth's message to the future PH leader

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Because they are too young to vote these students instead put into writing their messages for the next president

More than 500 students from different schools in Metro Manila participate in the National Letter Writing Day with the theme "Dear Next President" initiated by the Philippine Postal Corporation and the Department of Education at the SM North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City on Friday, October 9, 2015. The event aims to encourage old fashioned letter writing to a high-tech generations and is in celebration with the World Post Day on October 9, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coming soon: Free Wi-Fi in Davao City

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Under the project the Wi Fi signal at each of the facilities will be able to conduct a maximum of 50 users at a time says the science department

House OKs free public Wi-Fi bill on final reading

May 29, 2015 - 12:58 PM

House Bill 1550 seeks to provide free public Wi Fi in national government offices municipal halls and provincial capitols state universities and colleges public parks and plazas state hospitals and public terminals

FREE WIFI? The Free Public Wifi Bill is set to take the House Plenary.

Why ICT is one of the best ways to combat poverty in Asia

Apr 20, 2015 - 1:54 PM

Studies show a 10 increase in internet penetration leads on average to 1 sustainable GDP growth

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Globe expands LTE coverage in Visayas and Mindanao

Sep 26, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Globe partners with French firm Alcatel Lucent to upgrade the regions from WiMax to 4G in a bid to provide faster connectivity experience

UN report: Only 37% of Filipinos have Internet access

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:54 PM

The Philippines ranks 106th out of 191 countries evaluated in the report

PH+SocialGood: Imagine a world with free Internet, super WiFi

Sep 16, 2014 - 6:52 PM

What can the world achieve if everyone had access to the Internet? Two innovations hope to provide connectivity even to the poorest

Globe says fiber cut caused signal disruption in Tacloban

Nov 13, 2013 - 6:41 PM

The cut happened during a DPWH road clearing and construction operations Globe appeals to the agency to take extra precaution

DEVASTATION. Super Typhoon Yolanda knocked off power and communication lines in Tacloban. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

North Korea revokes 3G for tourists

Mar 27, 2013 - 11:06 AM

The decision comes a few weeks after it allowed tourists to purchase 3G connectivity

NO MORE 3G. Picture of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum's main monument. Photo by Hanneke Vermeulen from Wikipedia

FBI: Over 300,000 could lose Internet access by July

Apr 24, 2012 - 6:49 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that more than 300 000 Internet users worldwide could lose access in July due to a multimillion dollar scam