Moving towards greater transparency, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) releases the latest version of the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10929, also known as the “Free Internet Access in Public Places Act,” reflecting progress after the public consultations were completed on November 6, 2017.

Passed into law on August 3, 2017, the Act seeks to establish the Free Wi-Fi Program that will provide free Internet access in public places across the nation.

The draft IRR is the result of consolidated inputs from the members of the drafting committee and the participants during the four (4) public consultations held in Manila, Davao, Iloilo and Baguio on October 24, October 26, November 6 and November 9, 2017, respectively.

The participants were divided into four (4) breakout groups, particularly the national government agencies, local government units, the private sector, and members of the academe and civil society organizations.

Some concerns raised were: (1) deletion of the term “ITSP” (Internet Technology Solution Provider); (2) lack of standards on service availability; (3) revision of the acronym for IP exchange from “IPX” to “IXP”; (4) inclusion of qualifications of a Private Sector Partner; and (5) the initial frequency bands to be used for the provision of the Program.

Some of the comments during the public consultations will be addressed in the Comprehensive Plan, which the DICT shall develop within one (1) year from the effectivity of the law.

Read the full text of the latest version of the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the “Free Internet Access in Public Places Act” here. The current draft of the IRR will be presented to the Executive Committee of the DICT for consideration and approval.