TV White Space is recognized as an emerging approach to addressing the digital divide, and this has been piloted and tested in several countries all over the world. Deployment of the technology in the Philippines has been described as the largest in Asia. . In 2014, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance urged the National Telecommunications Commission to use TVWS to serve educational institutions, health centers and government units in far-flung areas. The initial trials in the country involved a rural project for registering fisher folks, access to health care and for disaster response. This study aims to provide an overview of the initiatives and implemented programs in relation to the use of TVWS, especially in the remotest areas of the country. The paper draws information from interviews and literature to present TVWS program developments. The study describes the extent of using the technology, the benefits and potentials of TVWS in responding to problems in the rural areas, and the challenges in existing as well as in future programs.
Marife Carpio, Osaka University, Japan
Stream: Technology and Society: The Social and Societal Impact and Implications of Technology
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