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Filipino firm gets USTDA grant to improve PH internet access

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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) said it awarded a grant to Filipino company Responsible Internet Sustainability Effort Inc. (RISE) for a feasibility that will help internet service providers across the Philippines strengthen their delivery of high-quality and reliable internet, particularly in areas lacking proper service.

The study specifically targets the expansion of RISE’s carrier-neutral internet exchange infrastructure through their GetaFIX business unit. The expansion aims to bring data centers closer to users, among several benefits.

“The US government is committed to supporting the Philippine government on its digital development journey… This grant from USTDA will support efforts to bring affordable connectivity to remote communities, enabling access to the digital economy for every Filipino,” said US Ambassador MaryKay Carlson.

“We’re thrilled and honored that USTDA would choose to support GetaFIX. Having grown to the Philippines’ largest internet exchange already, GetaFIX is ready to make an even bigger impact and keep living our motto ‘when we share everyone wins,” said RISE founder and chief executive Rhett Jones.

By expanding GetaFIX internet exchanges, data will travel shorter distances, enhancing both speed and reliability for users.

This translates into a better overall internet experience and increased connectivity between Philippine internet service providers.  The project also has the potential to create new business opportunities.

“USTDA partners with companies like RISE to improve access to affordable and reliable internet connectivity for underserved communities in the Indo-Pacific. Planning the deployment of innovative technology is part of our strategy to promote inclusive economic growth,” said USTDA director Enoh Ebong.

The USTDA launched the project at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum.

The demand for new data centers driven by the project will open doors for US companies to collaborate with the Philippines on its digital transformation journey.  This aligns perfectly with the Philippine government’s goals for a more connected future.

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