ARTICLE NAME: The Philippine National ICT Infrastructure: Bringing Social Reform and Development Through Seamless Wireless Connection
CO-AUTHORED WITH: Rodrigo C. Rivera II, Joyce L. Arriola, Julienne thesa Y. Baldo, Jennifer Rebecca Ortuoste and Maria Cynthia C. Diangson.
PUBLISHED IN: Philippine Communication Society Review
DATE PUBLISHED: December 2010

2015-04-17 10.27.36

Abstract

The way societies communicate has changed and this altered way of life demands infrastructures supportive of how people stay connected in the context of a promising social and economic development. Within the milieu of digital change, the Philippine government falls short in adapting the necessary information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures that could bring it at par with other governments in the Asia region and the world.

This white paper is a collaborative attempt to analyze the social situation of the country in the context of ICT development from a communication perspective, in support of the thwarted initiatives towards putting up a National Broadband Network (NBN). This discourse describes the significance of a broadband network, clarifies the issues lodged against its establishment, explores its implications, and outlines several recommendations for building an NBN. The NBN is understood in this discourse as an essential component of national development, and a feasible project with promising payoff for both the government encompassing the national, local and grassroot levels.

The proponents of this white paper have examined the wide array of literature available to craft a sound proposal to build a national ICT infrastructure. The criticisms lodged against the aborted ZTE-NBN project and the Department of Education (DepEd) cyber-education proposal were considered, then counter-arguments were formed that refute those criticisms and show the vitality and power of an NBN to promote economic, social, cultural, and political development, without claiming it to be a panacea to all the social ills of the country. There are more grounds to support NBN project than to reject it, and these arguments are all pro-people and pro-technology. However, this paper does not offer a technical framework for the NBN project, as this is beyond the scope of expertise of the proponents and the intesnt of this discourse.

Key words: ICT infrastructure, National Broadband Network, social equity, unification, governance