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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


Socorro Community eCenter upgrades Internet connection

by Melody Cocon

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -- The Community eCenter of Socorro, Surigao del Norte has recently upgraded its Internet connection from satellite to wireless.

The geographical location of the island-municipality did not hinder the possibility of the 31-kilometer Wi-Fi link across the sea.

The ICT-recipient populace expressed gratitude for this development as this will increase the connection speed of 512 kilobytes per second (kbps) to 2 megabytes per second (mbps).

Also, the prohibitive monthly payment of P15,000 before is now down to P999.

Servicing before was done exclusively by the Internet Service Provider personnel while the present setup can now be managed, hence lowering the cost of maintenance.

Also, the phone-in and online support is available and an additional bandwidth means additional households to be connected, thus increasing local revenues.

This has opened new opportunities of the eCenter to expand its vision to a wider and ambitious scope to help the community in an attainable and cost-saving measure.

Following the installation, Socorro CeC manager Zenith Rivas spearheaded a staff meeting involving municipal officials and heads of offices to gain their support. Their support will pave the way for the establishment of wireless internet connection with VOIP attached in each of the 14 barangays of the municipality.

It will also address the need for a Disaster Preparedness component and tax concerns -the eBPLS and eRPTS will be linked to all 14 barangays which will result to a maximum local income.

The installation of a PPCTV camera in all LGU offices will likewise ensure transparency in LGU operations.

This development is the result of Socorro CeC's participation to the 7th Knowledge Exchange Conference in Baguio City last November 2011 and other knowledge sharing activities, partnership with the General Luna CeC (feeder for SMART broadband) and Wency Barrientos, CeC manager of Araceli Palawan. (CICT-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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