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Broadband Connectivity in India

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In order to expand broadband connectivity to rural areas under the purview of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), the Indian Telegraph Rules have been amended. The Indian Telegraph has added stream IV under the title 'Provision of broadband connectivity to villages in a phased manner'.

The USOF is working on a scheme for providing financial assistance by way of subsidy for the broadband active infrastructure like (Base Transceiver Station) and by utilising the existing passive infrastructure available with the Telecom service providers. The Government has approved a Common Services Centres (CSCs) Scheme for providing support for establishing 100,000 Common Services Centres in 600,000 villages of India. The main objective is to develop a platform that can enable Government, private and social sector organisations to align their social and commercial goals for the benefit of the rural population in the remotest corners of the country through a combination of IT-based as well as non-IT-based services. It is also proposed to setup a National Knowledge Network for providing broadband connectivity to knowledge Institutions in the country.

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