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Saturday, 30 December 2017 06:31

All Panchayats to get broadband; Govt earmarks Rs 4,066 cr

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Every gram panchayat will get internet connection as part of the Digital India Mission and Bharat Net. To achieve the objective, the government has put aside Rs 4,066 crore, according to the Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha.

Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha, "Rs 4,066 crore has been approved for providing last mile connectivity, through Wi-Fi or any other suitable broadband technology, at all the GPs (approximately 2,50,000) in the country."

He added: "The strategy to provide last mile connectivity has been approved by the Telecom Commission on September 8, 2017. The tender to select the implementing agency for provision of last mile connectivity has been prepared by Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL)."

The government has so far provided optical fibre connectivity to 1,08,237 GPs (Gram Panchayats) by laying 2,52,547 km Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) and 96,039 gram panchayats are ready for broadband services.

The government has an ambitious plan to connect all GPs with high speed broadband by March 2019.

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