INSIDE THE TIMELINE IN CYBER AGE
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Timeline of Significant Events in Philippine Cyberage

The Internet boom came late for the Filipino people, but even if they initially “lagged” behind in the global pacing they made up for it in less than 10 years, becoming avid users of Internet and shortly after, wireless communications. As the Filipino culture discovered the ability to harness the uses of the Internet, they became addicted to it. Thus began the Cyberage of the Filipino.

1994
1994 March
The collaborative work of Computer Network Systems Corporation (ComNet), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and major Universities of the Philippines connected their wide area network (PhilNet/PhNet) to the United States via a leased line. The Philippines had officially entered the world of the Global Internet.

October
Mosaic Communications, Inc. (MosCom) becomes the first commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Chuck Gardner starts Cyberbayan, a listing of Filipino sites, making it the country’s first online directory.
US-based Ken Ilio starts Tribong Pinoy and Tanikalang Ginto, the first comprehensive site directory.
De La Salle University becomes the first educational institution to put up a Web site.

1995

March
The Public Telecommunications Act of the Philippines is signed into law, which among other things removed the need for value-added service (VAS) providers to secure a franchise.

June
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Globe Telecom launches G-Net Internet service.
- US company Sequel Concepts, Inc. sets up Infocom Technologies, Inc.

August
Ticketworld offers online ticketing.

October
Businessworld Internet Edition, the country’s first newspaper to go online, launches.

November
Davao-based Web Link becomes the first cyber café in the country.

December
- Urban Bank announces plans to set up online virtual bank.
- MailStation Net becomes first walk-in Internet access provider

1996

January
- Global Systems Interconnect, Inc. (GSI), the first Cebu-based ISP, sets up and later launches G-Spot, the country’s first search engine.
- Subic announces plan to become a cybercity.

February
- Compuserve plans launch of Asia-Pacific service, including the Philippines.
- The Philippines joins the Internet 1996 World Exposition, an online virtual exhibit.
- Eiger Consulting & Information Systems (ECIS) sets up second Internet café in Katipunan, Quezon City.

March
- Department of Science and Technology Secretary William Padolina backs Internet freedom.

April
- PLDT buys majority stake in Infocom. Senator Orlando Mercado files resolution seeking an inquiry into Net porn.
- ABS-CBN becomes first local TV network to put up a Web site, through ABS-CBN Interactive.

May
- Bankard announces plan to offer home shopping and electronic payment transactions online via Bankard Online.

June
- Filipinas Heritage Library unveils Bibliotech Internet Café.
- AMA launches its own ISP, AMANet, Inc.
- ISPs form association, Philippine Internet Service Organization (PISO).

July
- Bayantel launches ISP, Bayan.Net.

September
- Cybernet launches Powerhouse.net, a media portal aggregating various publications similar to Time-Warner’s Pathfinder.
- Portal Inc. introduces beeper-to-email capability.
- Mecklermedia and Sequel Concepts Inc. organize highly-successful Internet World Philippines ’96 at the Shangri-la EDSA Plaza Hotel.
- Netscape a no-show at Internet World ’96 “Browser Brawl”, pitting Netscape Navigator 3.0 versus Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0.

November
- Web Philippines, Inc. puts up online directory, Sentro, and job site, Trabaho.com.

December
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Subic unveils cybercity.


1997

February
- Internet directory and search engine Yehey launches.
- Rival directory and search engine EDSA also launches.

March
- Webscape Philippines offers the first prepaid Internet card, Internet Axess.

April
- AOL eyes Subic as base for international service center. PISO blocks PLDT’s metering plan.

May
- Urban Bank introduces its Home Virtual Banking (HVB) system to corporate and individual clients, becoming the first to offer true Internet banking services.
- EpiCNet announces cable Internet access roll-out.
- Abbygale Arenas wins Ms. Photogenic at the Ms. Universe 1997 pageant, based on online votes.
- Clark launches own Philippine Cyber City.

June
- Cyberville Online announces plan to build proprietary online Cybermall.

July
- Philnet launched SARNET (Science, Academe, and Research Network), to connect more than 2,000 schools.
- PLDT launches PhIX (Philippine Internet Exchange), which interconnects local ISPs. It allows local Internet Service Providers, with a primary connection to the global Internet, to access and exchange local Internet transactions without accessing the Global Internet.
- Bancnet becomes first ATM consortium to operate as an ISP to its member banks.

August
- Satellite communications in the country Satellite technology now links Metro Manila government stations to all regions of the country.
- The Mabuhay Philippines Satellite Corporation launched the first Philippine satellite, the Agila II

September
- IDG’s Internet Commerce Expo opens, organized by WS Expositions Group.
- PLDT and Globe Telecom plan to offer ISDN.

October
- Portal Inc. enables the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to offer online, real-time stock quotes.
- Witcomm International Corp. launches WebTV.
- Team Mail, the first local free e-mail provider, is established.

November
- NTC decides against PISO on metering.
- Cyberspace, Inc. takes over Cybernet, leaving clients unable to access their e-mail accounts and hosted Web sites.


1998 January
- Congressman Leandro Verceles Jr.’s RPWeb initiative that will connect more than 12,000 government offices and schools is signed by President Fidel Ramos.

February
- Asian ISPs gather in Manila for Apricot ’98 (Asia Pacific Rim Internet Conference on Operational Technologies).
- ZakNet launches satellite Internet service.

March
- PHnet launches second Internet exchange, PhNet IX.
- WS Computer Publishing Corp. buys Fiesta Online, which operates Yehey.
- Government sets up e-commerce council.
- Pinoymail launches, offering free Web-based e-mail.
- Dino Ignacio’s Bert is Evil wins the IDG-organized, San Francisco-based Webby Awards for the Weird category.

May
- AOL begins Clark operations.
- Centennial celebration sites proliferate.

June
- PLDT moves back metering plan to April 1999.
- Philippine Internet Commerce Society (PICS) is formed.

July
-Senator Juan Flavier calls for Senate inquiry on metering.

August
- US-based international ISP Neptune8 opens local office, stirring a major flame war on ph-cyberview.
- Police raid knocks out Subic cybercity computer systems.
Congressman Leandro Verceles Jr. proposes formation of a Department of Information Technology and Communications (DITC).

September
- Consumer advocacy group PLDTi (Philippine League of Democratic Telecommunications, Inc.) is formed, partly to combat phone metering.

October
- Cable TV operator Destiny Cable launches cable Internet service.
- William Padolina proposes new laws on e-commerce.
- Globe Telecom is first to offer VSAT.
- San Miguel Beer Online, the first local site to accept online payments, is launched.

December
- The first Philippine Webby Awards, organized by The Web Philippines magazine, plays to a mix of geeks and celebs at the Hard Rock Café.
- Magoos Pizza’s Web site, a pioneer in web-to-fax ordering technology, wins E-Commerce Site of the Year.
- Philmusic.com grabs the Web Site of the Year award.
- Yehey hosts Web site of Bb. Pilipinas pageant.


1999 January
- The NTC suspends Provisional Authority (PA) of PLDT’s metering scheme.

February
- Hacking activity against local ISPs such as Sky Internet, Infocom, and Pacific Internet increases.

May
- Digitel becomes first phone company to directly offer Net access.

July
- PinoyExchange, a popular online message board, launches.
- E-Store Exchange, one of the few B2C success stories, launches.

September
- PLDT sues Gerry Kaimo on dispute over PLDT.com.
- Destiny launches cable Internet service anew.
- Ayala eCenter launches.

October
- Philweavers, a web development community, is formed.

November
- Net registry DotPH opens up .ph to international market and hikes fees.

December
- Union Bank of the Philippines launches Internet bank, unionbankph.com, and then successful launches EON, its youth-targeted Internet bank account.


2000 January
- Catcha.com buys into Yehey.
- Sky Cable offers dial-up Net access.
- Centennial City is renamed Cyber Bay Corporation.
- Roberto Ongpin’s group breaks from Philcom amid controversy, buys into South Seas Natural Resources to form PhilWeb.com, and becomes first Internet company in the stock exchange via a backdoor listing.

February
- MP3Manila.com launches.
- Extelcom announces Internet plans.
- Sky Cable launches ZPDee, its cable Internet service.
- Home Cable launches Now Cable Internet service.
- PLDT launches international Internet gateway, I-Gate.
- A Cebu ordinance banning minors from Internet cafes is passed and subsequently opposed.

March
- Edsamail offers ISP-free e-mail.
- Zurich Philippines first to offer insurance premium payments online.
- Local tech stocks reach their peak, followed by a sharp drop, finally bursting the speculative bubble.

April
- Senator Tito Sotto files bill seeking to install software filters on computers of school libraries that offer Internet access.
- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launches CBCPnet.com, its kid-safe ISP.
- NCC pushes for universal Net access.
- Infocom offers its filtering service, Netsafe.
- The Love Bug virus, later traced to Filipino student Onel de Guzman, wreaks worldwide havoc.

June
- E-commerce bill passed into law.
- The National Information Technology Council (NITC) approves the five-year Government Information Systems Plan (GISP), also known as the Philippine Government Online.

July
- Six conglomerates announces formation of B2B online exchange, Bayantrade.
- ABS-CBN launches its Internet portal, PinoyCentral.
- Sage Casino launches.

August
- Pager company Easycall Communications transforms into an ISP.
- Senator Tito Sotto’s proposed anti-cybersquatting bill draws flak, in reaction to a certain Mario Cruz who registers several domains of names of senators.
- Onel de Guzman is released due to lack of law.
- Meridian Telekoms, the first Internet telecommunications company offering broadband wireless connectivity, is launched.

September
- Systems Standards, Inc. launches PhilBX, an e-marketplace for SMEs.
- Senator Tito Sotto proposes a service area scheme for ISPs, drawing a cool response.
- Globe offers DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), the first telco to launch it (PLDT was first to announce but the service was still in its testing phase).
- Informatics Holdings Philippines, Inc. launches a Web-based learning portal, PurpleTrain.com, the first e-learning vertical portal in Asia.

October
- ELagda.com, which sought to gather a million online signatures to petition the resignation of President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, is launched.
- DFNN gets listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange through an IPO.

November
- Cyberactivism flourishes with sites like TAG (Transparent Accountable Governance) and anti-Erap sites.
- eLagda.com organizers sends an e-mail petition to President Joseph Estrada to resign.
- Asia Online realigns, becoming a full-service Internet consulting firm.
- PLDT rolls out DSL.

December
- BPI spins off BPI Direct Savings Bank, merging its Internet and call center operations.
- Meridian Telekoms introduces fixed wireless broadband service.
- DTI releases ISP guidelines for VAS providers.
- PLDT launches Vitro, its Internet Data Center.

2001 January
- Erap.com shuts down as web developer Designet Philippines breaks up.
- Complaints about DotPH mount in ph-cyberview and a flame war ensues, leading to an organized opposition against the local registry.
- Selecta Dairy Products forms alliance with The Philippine Star to form Internet firm, Philstar.com.

February
- Telcos block VoIP guidelines.
- NTC proposes optional metering.
- CHED partners with Net Curricula to train the faculty of more than 100 state colleges and universities.
- The owners of GMA Network and MediaQuest Holdings Inc. sign a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of 66.6% of the broadcast firm for P8.5 billion.
- BSP grants authority to 10 banks to operate electronic banking transactions.
- DBM announces its Electronic Procurement System (EPS) for online public bidding.
- GMA Network and the Philippine Daily Inquirer forge online alliance, Inq7.net Interactive.

March
- PLDT invests in Netopia Computer Technologies, Inc.
- PISO complains about PLDT’s pricing for its myDSL service.
- Inter.net acquires Philippine operations of PSINET.
- Sky Cable and Home Cable merge.
- Yahoo!, Inc. wins dispute against Manila-based Yahoo Computer Services (YCS) for registering the domain names "yahoo.com.ph" and "yahoo.ph" with DotPH, Inc.
- Smart Communications launches GPRS service.

April
- DOST proposed Alternative Communications Plan (ACP) to provide telecenters in all municipalities.
- President Arroyo takes over ITECC chairmanship.
- Chikka launches instant messenger service for sending SMS from PCs.This became very useful for overseas Filipinos sending messages from countries with easier access to PCs and the Internet. It also shows the predominance of SMS (short messege sending) over Internet in the Philippines. This is mainly due to the availability of service and low price of equipment (handsets versus computers).

May
- Two former employees of THAMES International School (TIS) become the first to be charged for hacking, piracy, and theft under the E-Commerce Act.
- Election watchdog ational Citizen's Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) makes use of Internet for Operation Quick Count.

June
- RCBC makes Internet main delivery channel for enterprise banking services.
- PISO takes DSL complaint vs. PLDT to NTC.

August
- THE Philippine Multimedia Systems Inc. (PMSI) and AZ Communication Network Inc.
- (AzCom) gear up to offer Dream VSAT.
- Internet pioneer Willy Gan passes away.

October
- Bell Telecommunications, a full-service telco, starts operations.
- Government portal www.gov.ph original designers K2 Interactive left in the dark as the Presidential Management Staff hands over project to Microsoft Philippines.
2002 February
- Top executives lead Inter.net exodus.
- Department of Justice throws out Disini’s libel appeal.

2003 April
Photo Blogging makes use of cameras on MMS (Multi Messaging Service) cellular phones to send pictures to websites such as “Blogs”.
 
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