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Internet station Saturday
Posted: 2:29 AM (Manila Time) | Feb. 09,
By Juliet Cataluña
BASCO, Batanes – After years
of isolation from cyberspace, this northernmost province will be
linked to the rest of the country and the world via the Internet.
The station is linked to the rest of
the world via satellite with full Internet access.
The Ivatan Foundation for Development Inc. (IFDCI) will
launch Saturday the province's first Internet station called
Batanesconnect is a joint project of the IFDCI and the Ph.
Domain Foundation, a Manila-based group that provides free Internet
bandwidth. Telsat Inc. provides the satellite service.
from the station, the foundation will also connect government
offices here to the Internet using 15 remote sites that use wireless
Demetrius Paul Narag, IFDCI executive director,
said after the telephone link, the Internet is the second
breakthrough introduced by IFDCI to Batanes.
Representative Florencio Abad, who is expected to attend the
launching rites, hailed the management and the IFDCI board of
directors for working hard to realize the project.
provincial government and Abad's office extended the financial
support for the project.
Provincial governor Vicente Gato
and Abad said the Internet would hasten implementation of projects
and programs of both the government and the private sector through
access to the latest in communications technology.
Elica, a nongovernmental organization official, said the launching
of Internet station was a giant step toward the development of
Batanes by making it more attractive to investors.