Internet to "become a right for the people" of Kerala; state to invest Rs 1,000 cr to set up internet gateways

The bigger plans by the government involve providing free connections to 2 million families that cannot afford internet connections.


Kerala's finance minister Thomas Issac while announcing the state budget for 2017-18 mentioned that the Internet will "become a right for the people" in the state. Issac said that the state would spend Rs 1,000 crore to set up internet gateways across the state of Kerala to bring subsidised internet connections to all homes.

The bigger plans by the government, according to an IANS report, involve providing free connections to 2 million families that cannot afford internet connections. The rest of Kerala's citizens will get the same internet connectivity at lowered rates.

The move as pointed out by Medianama is similar to what has been done in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has a government run Arasu Fibre service that was kick started in March last year and provides internet services to all households within the state.

"Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore," said the IANS report.

"Two million poor families will get free internet connections, while others will get it a reduced rate," the former economist said.

After Google began to provide free internet at Wi-Fi hotspots with its Railwire initiative with RailTel, a number of local authorities have stepped up to provide the same.

Mumbai was the first to claim its name as the country's first Wi-Fi city by adding 500 hotspots at launch. The city plans to add 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots by May 2017.

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