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Weak Internet Burdens 31% of Households with Remote Learners: SWS

At a time when internet is life.
by Ara Eugenio
Mar 9, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño
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Some 31% of Filipino families whose members take online classes reported having weak internet connections, a Social Weather Stations survey showed, underscoring the need to to improve services during the pandemic when internet is life.

The remaining 68% said they have either strong or fair connections with most of them coming from Luzon island, SWS said, citing a poll of 1,500 adults from Nov. 21 to 25.

The poll showed some 9 in 10 families spend an average of P901 a month on internet services.

Some 56% of Filipino families use pre-paid connections while 41% use post-paid. The remaining 5% covers those who go to internet cafes or pisonet shops, notwithstanding the dangers posed by the pandemic, SWS said. 

Two proposals for pilot face-to-face classes in non-COVID hotspots were rejected by President Duterte pending nationwide rollout of vaccines. 

The entry of DITO Telecommunity this year is expected to ramp up competition among telecommunications providers.

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