Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Philippines' NBN: government porn at broadband speed?!

There’s really something very wrong with this "national broadband network (NBN), especially when you compare it with how the Australians are going to do it.

“SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Monday announced a 2.0 billion dollar (1.68 billion US) plan to provide fast and affordable Internet access across the vast country.
Howard said Optus, the Australian offshoot of Singapore telco Singtel, had been awarded a 958-million-dollar contract to build a broadband network in the bush with rural finance company Elders. The joint venture, known as OPEL, would contribute a further 900 million dollars to provide broadband of at least 12 megabits per second by June 2009.
"What we have announced today is a plan that will deliver to 99 percent of the Australian population very fast and affordable broadband in just two years' time," Howard said.
An expert group will also develop a bidding process for the building of a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) broadband network, funded solely by private companies, in major cities.”
In short, they are going to have wireless for the rural areas through a joint government-private initiative and purely privately-financed fiber optics for the cities. Both are going to earn money as users, both government and private households, are going to pay for them. They are going to be run by the private sector as business endeavors. The speed? 10-12 megabits per second! We are talking about a clear way of bridging the digital divide. Take note the important role to be played by the private sector.

In contrast, DOTC’s deal with the ZTE ($329 million loan) will be for the sole use of government agencies. It will be financed through loans (with no bidding) that will be paid by each taxpayer for 20 years. It will be run by DOTC salarymen financed from money allocated yearly by Congress (read: taxpayers' money). But the taxpayers are not going to benefit from it because those broadband connections are for government use only! Private citizens are supposed to connect instead to private broadband providers.

DOCT says about 50 percent of the barangays are going to get connections. How are the barangay officials going to use the broadband connection boggles me. For "better governance"? Oh please! Those broadband connections are likely to be used primarily by barangay officials for watching porn—at taxpayers’ expense!

Please see related posts:
NBN: a backbone of waste and shame
RP badly needs a “Freedom of Information Act" to curb corruption

5 comments:

uhla said...

Yes tama ka jan! "How are the barangay officials going to use the broadband connection?" hindi lang for porn viewing,.. lalaki rin ang electric bill nyan ng isang brgy. hall kasi naman itong si kapitan mraming ka-chat na (new friends)..wag din taung magtaka kung bakit lahat ng kagawad ni kapitan isama mo narin mga tanod ay always present sa hall..kasi naman daily nag-uupdate ng adult videos ang isang porn site. hehe..sana lang hindi humantong sa ganitong sitwasyon ang NBN na binabalak nila...

Anonymous said...

pag si pobreng waiter nagakamali ng pagkuha ng order, charge! bawas sa sweldo...
pag namantsahan ang labada ni alilang labandera, charge! multa si ale, at gutom ang anak nya...
pag si seksing teller nagkamali ng pagsukli sa nagpapalit ng pera, charge! lipad ang teller's allowance at abonado pa siya...
bakit hindi pairalin ang ganitong patakaran sa gobyerno...
pag hindi umubra ang nbn, dapat din, charge! habulin ang tagong yaman ni gma at kumpiskahin pati high heels nya... mas magaling di ba? pag walang ari-ariang mababawi, kulong sa manila zoo para maging tourist attraction at pagkakitaan kahit konti. simple, di ba mga tsong? iglap issa

Anonymous said...

i think, if there will be internet connection in barangays, "some" officials would just surf the net all day instead of doing the job that they promised to perform. Yes, some would download porn and some would even make their friendster accounts, i think! Just like any decisions, having broadband connection in places like barangays is not as simple as it seems. Government can't easily take it off if it fails. Removing it entails a lot of funds AGAIN. So think of it again, it must be scrutinized until it reached perfection if possible.

>one more thing, not all people in barangays knows how to use the computer. A sad reality.
-hector macapagal

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