GOOD NEWS: PH Sari-sari Store,Soon to have WI-FI Connection.

STAFF 11:09 AM

Filipino tech start-up enterprise, succeeded in getting a ‘thumbs up’ from Microsoft Corporation in seed funding its plan to provide every sari-sari store (small convenience store) in the country with wi-fi connection.

Said funding is given through Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, which financially provides for ways and solutions that can help trim down the cost of accessing the internet and lend a hand in making more people connect to the worldwide web.

“The seed funding is for US$150,000 and will allow WIN to pilot the TV White Space (TVWS) technology and service small and medium enterprises for a year,” WIN Founder and President Philip Zulueta said in an email interview.

WIN plans to begin next month in provinces outside Metro Manila like Laguna, Bulacan, and maybe Davao.

The president said that they are still identifying where to channel TVWS, a wireless data delivery system which utilizes the frequencies of vacant television channels.

“Our vision is to break the cycle of unaffordable Internet access by developing sustainable models that will bring millions of people online and satisfy what we believe is a basic human need, access to knowledge. In this century, there is no reason why people should remain unconnected,” Zulueta added.

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