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Rappler's latest stories on internet in the Philippines


Roberto Verzola, ‘Father of Philippine email,’ dies

May 07, 2020 - 7:47 AM

Other than information technology, he was also in the forefront in various advocacies, such as intellectual property rights, genetic engineering, election automation, and renewable energy back when hardly anyone else were talking about them

PH Internet pioneer Benjie Tan dies

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Benije Tan is credited as the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet in 1994

PIONEER. Benjamin 'Benjie' Tan is the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet for the first time in 1994. Screenshot from DICT video

IXS is offering enterprises discounted rates on dedicated fiber internet

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The promo is open only to the first 9 subscribers

PH internet economy to grow from $5B to $21B by 2025 – Google

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Collectively, Southeast Asia's internet economy will grow from $72B to $240B by 2025, according to Google's report

DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte Year 2: The broadband picture

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The search continues for the third telco while the PLDT-Globe duopoly tries to roll out more 4G cell sites and prepare for 5G

Duterte photo from Malacañang

How fast are LTE internet speeds in Batanes? Here are the readings we got

May 19, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Speed tests show a high of 41 Mbps and a low of 1.54 Mbps in terms of download speeds, and two spots that had no signal

Let's make our schools future-ready

Apr 18, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Help us clamor for connectivity in more schools in the Philippines. Participate in our social campaign by using the hashtag #FutureReadyPH.

PLDT subsidiary selling bulk of Rocket Internet shares

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:55 PM

PLDT Online Investments Private Limited will sell the shares at €24 (P1,545.28) each, or a total of about €163.2 million (P10.51 billion)

Philippines top global source of child pornography – Unicef

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:58 AM

8 out of 10 Filipino children at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying

TOP SOURCE. Unicef says the Philippines is a leading global source of child pornography.

PLDT to nearly double int'l submarine cable capacity to 8.4 Tbps by 2019

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:44 PM

By the end of this year, PLDT’s submarine cable capacity will be 4.49 Tbps – up 140% from 2015

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sorry muna, Jack Ma, internet nami'y makupad pa!

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kung susuriin ang kontribusyon at impact ng internet sa pag-unlad ng mga ekonomiya at pagbuti ng kabuhayan, dapat seryosohin ng pamahalaan ang pagpapabuti nito

DICT acting chief says PH internet like Manila traffic: 'Slow, congested, expensive'

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents band-aid solutions to address the country's need for more cellular towers

Globe announces postpaid Internet plans with no lock-up

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Good news for those who are afraid of commitment when it comes to broadband at home

Globe Unlocked event on October 5, 2017

Slow PLDT internet service in some areas due to damaged cables

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:03 PM

PLDT estimates it will take 3 weeks to repair the damaged cables

ESSENTIAL SERVICE. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Does the Wi-Fi on EDSA work?

Jun 14, 2017 - 12:26 AM

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima assures commuters the connection is not only fast but also secure

FREE WI-FI. Free internet connection along EDSA is only the beginning of the Duterte administration's goal of providing an open portal to the worldwide web in all public spaces.

Give NTC 'more teeth' for better Nat'l Broadband Plan – PCC

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

How can the Philippines have cheaper and better internet? Here are recommendations from the Philippine Competition Commission

Poor Globe, Smart signal? Congress can revoke telco franchise – Suarez

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:15 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells Globe and Smart to address complaints on poor cellphone signal and slow Internet services

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Average internet speed in PH slightly declines in Q3 2016 – report

Dec 23, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Akamai s latest State of the Internet report shows that the Philippines internet speed has not vastly improved

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.

DICT bill now on Aquino's desk

May 16, 2016 - 2:40 PM

By June 9 President Benigno Aquino III will have to decide whether he will veto or sign the bill creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology DICT

HURDLED. President Benigno Aquino III has 'a 30-day review period' to decide on whether he will veto or sign the bill

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

A profile of Internet users in the PH

Mar 09, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Who s using the Internet in the PH? Here s a snapshot of statistics and insights

Statistics on broadband and mobile Internet in the PH

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:18 PM

How can ICT push national development? Here s a guide

The Philippines needs an ICT revolution, now

Dec 30, 2015 - 4:08 PM

ICT has the power to positively affect every aspect of our lives But there are hurdles that we as a nation need to overcome first

PH Internet pioneer Jim Ayson dies at 53

Nov 10, 2015 - 12:28 PM

Ayson dies of a heart attack He is survived by his wife Chette and daughter Gabby

PIONEER. Filipino Internet pioneer Jim Ayson dies at 53. File photo from Jim Ayson's LinkedIn profile

LIVE: Senate hearing on the impact of PH internet speed

Aug 18, 2015 - 8:51 AM

How does the Philippine s average internet speed along with its exorbitant costs affect the country s progress?

Meerkat on Android, Trusted Voice for Lollipop, Star Wars | SciTech4u

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Get your theories ready Star Wars fans Han Solo and Chewbacca are back This and more on this week s episode of SciTech4u

'Slow but open' PH Internet focus of global summit

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Civil society leaders tech experts NGOs lawyers and governments gather in the Philippines to discuss privacy surveillance and free expression online

INTERNET FREEDOM. RightsCon Southeast Asia, a global conference on digital rights, opens in Manila on Tuesday, March 24. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Growing Internet use in PH good for education – study

Mar 21, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Generally people who have access to the Internet are more positive about its societal influence says US based Pew Research Center

Smart free Internet offer extends to February 5

Jan 05, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company assures subscribers that it is ready to absorb the surge in free mobile Internet usage

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

Pressure on PLDT to solve PH's slow Internet

Sep 16, 2014 - 6:55 PM

At a Senate hearing on the cause of slow Internet connection in the Philippines discussions focus on mandatory IP peering a policy that government can t implement because of protests from the telco player

HOT SEAT: PLDT spokesperson Ray Espinosa. Rappler photo

The way it is: The Philippine Internet and making it better

Jun 12, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Victor Barreiro Jr talks with DOST ASTI s Bayani Lara about the issues facing the Philippines Internet connectivity and the alternatives that can help improve it

Philippines deports 44 Taiwanese over Internet scam

Apr 24, 2014 - 9:48 PM

More than 400 Taiwanese have now been arrested and deported from the Philippines for involvement in such scams since 2012

Q and A: What PH can learn from global Internet debate

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Filipino delegates to a global Internet forum say vague laws threatened Internet freedom in the Philippines

Distrust and the post-Snowden Internet

Oct 27, 2013 - 9:58 PM

Surveillance dominates the global debate on Internet policy and erodes trust in the US other governments and companies

Cybercrime law mars PH net freedom – global report

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:44 PM

A report of US based Freedom House says Internet freedom in the Philippines declined primarily because of the notorious restrictive and punitive law

Photo by Hoang Vu

Cyber-attacks show PH 'vulnerability' - group

May 12, 2013 - 2:01 AM

Democracy Net Ph urges the government to take steps to improve cyber security before attacks endanger lives and property

WEAK SECURITY. An Internet group said that the country's cyber-infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks.

PH, Taiwan sign crime-fighting pact

Apr 23, 2013 - 6:28 PM

The pact is aimed at cracking down on criminals who exploit the lack of diplomatic relations between both sides

SCAMMERS DEPORTED. NAIA security officials inspect the deportees before handing them over to the Taiwanese authorities. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

QC police website hacked

Jan 15, 2013 - 5:08 PM

The website for the Philippine National Police s Quezon City division has been hacked in time for the oral arguments for the Cybercrime Law

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. Anonymous Philippines appears again to present a message to the PNP. Screen shot of

Cheers, jeers online as RH Bill hurdles second reading

Dec 13, 2012 - 7:13 AM

People from politicians to the common netizen expressed their thoughts online on the Reproductive Health bill vote

DBM website hacked

Apr 25, 2012 - 2:52 PM

The DBM homepage at approximately 2:15 in the afternoon displayed an image of the Chinese flag along with text announcing that it had been hacked by Chinese Hackers

Screenshot of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) website, April 25, 2012.