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P3 TV White Space Partnership Wins Impact Award

Mr. Christopher Gudia, (3rd from left with notebook computer) Principal of Tubigon West Central School in Bohol shows off a computer to connected to the Internet with TV White Space (TVWS) to visitors to the School, which is one of the pilot sites in Bohol for TVWS. Others in the Photo include DOST-ICT Office Region 7 Director Jose Bagulaya, Bohol Provincial Government Representative Glen Doloritos, DOST ICT Office Deputy Executive Director Bettina Quimson, Momo Kanouni of IXS for All, Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the DOST-ICT Office and Nityo Infotech Managing Director Roy del Rosario.

P3 TV White Space Partnership Wins Impact Award

The U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia today announced TV White Space Partnership in the Danajon Reef as a model public-private partnership (P3) and winner of the second annual P3 Impact Award during the 2015 Concordia Summit in New York City. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry revealed the TV White Space partnership as the winner, appearing remotely via video satellite.

TV White Space Partnership in the Danajon Reef — a public-private partnership between Microsoft, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippines' Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources — piloted, for the first time in the Philippines, a new technology that taps unused television broadcast frequencies (“TV White Space”) to extend high-speed, wireless Internet access to remote parts of the country.

Under this partnership, USAID tested the use of TV White Space to enable a mobile, online system to formally register fisherfolk in Bohol. The Bohol province was previously one of the most biodiverse and productive marine areas in the Philippines, but extreme overfishing over the past five decades has decreased the fish population by 90 percent. Registering the fisherfolk provides the information necessary to create a plan for sustainable fishery use, not only critical to the survival of the marine life, but also to the human populations depending on them. Registration is a key step toward sustainable fisheries management, and allows fisherfolk to access vital government services, including health care, insurance and poverty alleviation funds.

Since TV White Space connectivity was established in April 2014, over 16,000 fisherfolk have been registered in the pilot municipalities, with almost 4,000 of those registrants exclusively registered through TV White Space technology. As a result, government counterparts have begun to use this new registration data to design and deploy better fisheries management interventions

The partnership has also provided free Internet access for 20,000 Philippines citizens who previously did not have any. Because entire communities now have access to high-speed Internet, public institutions such as medical clinics and schools are able to provide improved services. Following these successes, the government has expanded the use of TV White Space to other locations in the Philippines to support its goal of providing wireless Internet access to 99 percent of its population.

TV White Space Partnership in the Danajon Reef is highlighted in a special edition of the Darden School’s thought-leadership publication Darden Ideas to Action, provided at the Concordia Summit. The TV White Space Partnership in the Danajon Reef will also receive a full scholarship to attend a week-long Darden Executive Education course.

The additional award finalists included: Partners in Food Solutions-TechnoServe Alliance, The Nature Conservancy-Dow Chemical Company Collaboration, Madagascar: Improving Water and Sanitation Services to Low-Income Communities and U.S. Global Development Lab’s Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative and VilCap Investments: Catalyzing Investment to Democratize Global Entrepreneurship.

For further information, please contact the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) at or visit . For media inquiries, please contact Natalie Alm at

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