SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian aims to maximize the use of satellite technology to expand Internet access nationwide and accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in public schools.
The chairman of the Senate Committee for Basic Education, Art and Culture has to guarantee the Senate Draft (SB) 2250 and universal access to the Internet.
“It would be better if we are already preparing the rollout for digital education in our country while the students are not yet physically allowed to go to school,” Gatchalian said in a statement on Sunday.
Under SB 2250, government organizations, public and nonprofit private institutions, and volunteer organizations working in the fields of education, health, finance, agriculture, environmental management, climate change management, disaster risk reduction and crisis response are allowed to use satellite. own and operate technology to support and expand their activities.
A satellite is used to receive Internet signals from the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide Internet services, especially in areas where it is expensive to set up wired or mobile wireless networks.
The ISP sends a wireless internet signal to a satellite in space while the satellite dish is connected to the user’s modem, which then connects the user to the internet.
SB 2250 complements the Public Education Network (PEN) that the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) want to build, Gatchalian said.
This initiative aims to accelerate the installation of digital connectivity in public schools and DepEd offices, he added.
As part of the PEN, the DICT will expand the future satellite capacity of the DepEd for students in last mile schools for access to digital education.
The use of public schools as joint tower locations is also part of the agreement between the two agencies.