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  1. 1. History of Philippine Internet Rachel T. Torres During March of 1994, the Philippine Network Foundation (PHNet), enabled the Filipinos to be connected live via a 64 kbps link to Sprint in the United States. the-internet-in-the-philippines-35089/ August 1986: The first Philippine-based, public-access BBS [bulletin board system], First-Fil RBBS went online with an subscription fee of P1,000, annually. A precursor to the local online forum, it ran an open-source BBS software on an IBM XT Clone PC with a 1200bps modem and was operated by Dan Angeles and Ed Castañeda.
  2. 2. 1987: The Philippine FidoNet Exchange, a local communication network between several BBSes in Metro Manila, was formed. 1990: A committee, in control by Arnie del Rosario of the Ateneo Computer Technology Center, was tasked with exploring the possibility of creating an academic network comprised of universities and government institutions by the National Computer Center under Dr. William Torres. There were recommendations given, but not implemented.
  3. 3. 1991-1993: Emergence of email gateways and services in the Philippines, including some from multinational companies like Intel, Motorola, and Texas Instruments, which used a direct Internet connection, X.25, or UCCP protocol. Local firms ETPI, Philcom, and PLDT also operated commercial X.25 networks. Another milestone: Local and international email to FidoNet users was launched. June 1993: With the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology and the Industrial Research Foundation, the Philnet project (now PHNET) was born. The Philnet technical committee, composed of computer buffs working at the DOST and representatives from the Ateneo de Manila University (Richie Lozada and Arnie del Rosario), De La Salle University (Kelsey Hartigan-Go), University of the Philippines Diliman (Rodel Atanacio and Rommel Feria), and University of the Philippines Los Baños, would eventually play a notable role in connecting the Philippines to the World Wide Web.
  4. 4. July 1993: The first phase of the Philnet project shifted into full gear after receiving funds from the DOST. It proved to be a success, as students from partner universities were able to send emails to the Internet by routing them through Philnet's gateway at the Ateneo, which was connected to a different gateway at the Victoria University of Technology in Australia. November 1993: An additional P12.5-million grant for the first year's running cost was awarded by the DOST to buy equipment and lease communication lines needed to begin the second phase of Philnet, now headed by Dr. Rudy Villarica.
  5. 5. March 29, 1994, 1:15 a.m.: Benjie Tan, who was working for ComNet, a company that supplied Cisco routers to the Philnet project, formed the Philippine's first connection to the Internet at a PLDT network center in Makati City. Shortly after, he posted a message to the Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.filipino to alert Filipinos overseas that a link had been made. His message is directly stated: "As of March 29,1994 at 1:15 am Philippine time, unfortunately 2 days late due to slight technical difficulties, the Philippines was FINALLY connected to the Internet via SprintLink. The Philippine router, a Cisco 7000 router was attached via the services of PLDT and Sprint communications to SprintLink's router at Stockton Ca. The gateway to the world for the Philippines will be via NASA Ames Research Center. For now, a 64K serial link is the information highway to the rest of the Internet world." March 29, 1994, 10:18 a.m., Dr. John Brule, a Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Syracuse University, reported at The First International E-Mail Conference at the University of San Carlos in Talamban, Cebu, "We're in,”, signifying that Philnet's 64 kbit/s connection was live.