Indian Govt. plans for free broadband connectivity for all by 2009

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The Indian Government is planning to offer free, high-speed broadband connectivity to all Indians by 2009.

The Indian Government is planning to offer high-speed Internet connectivity through state owned telecom service providers, BSNL and MTNL. The central government plans to achieve free broadband connectivity at a speed of 2 MB per second across the country. In US most of cities have free municipal broadband, which provides free accessibility to residents. Department of Technology (DOT) is taking few steps to make its plan for free broadband a reality. These include using the Universal Service Obligation Fund to set up an extensive optical cable network across the country and opening up the long-distance sectors to further competition. DoT is also considering allowing free and fair access to cable landing stations, permitting resale of bandwidth, setting up web-hosting facilities within the country and asking all Internet service providers to connect to the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI).

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