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Once the proposal will be approved by the first President from Mindanao, ICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima noted that the project will start as early as January 2017.

The P200-billion budget is the maximum amount according to DICT because the cost of the proposal will cost anywhere between P80 billion and P200 billion. The amount will depend on the type of network the government will build and how it will choose to manage it.

According to ICT Sec. Salalima during his meeting with Pres. Duterte last October he recommended that the government build and manage the network, with private companies allowed to lease it.

DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima
The plans of the DICT could prove attractive to telecom companies in the Philippines, since they have no networks of their own in the countryside. The national government could set up networks by laying the groundwork and telcos can come in and begin to offer much-needed internet services to the residents.

The ICT Department of the Duterte administration also propose an option that the government will not only build and manage the national broadband network but also act as a "full-blown, third-party operator" as well, Sec. Salalima added. The government could then compete against the dominant telco players, Smart and Globe Telecoms.

The Duterte government is also reviewing the most cost-efficient national broadband network for the Philippines. It could lay down fibre-optic cables or tap satellites, they could even work with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, tapping its existing power lines for broadband.

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