Govt. to connect five lakh villages with broadband in two years

The Government is expected to connect five lakh villages with the internet broadband services under the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in next two years.

“We have setup a high powered committee, Sam Pitroda is heading the committee, co-chaired by Nandan Nilekani. I am told by Sam Pitroda that he will try and implement the policy within next two years (by 2013),” Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said today.

Government earlier had proposed creating a NOFN for providing broadband connectivity to the rural areas initially upto the panchayats.

Last year, telecom regulator Trai had floated a consultation paper suggesting that optical fibre should be laid to connect 3.75 lakh villages having a population of 500 or more.

The project could be funded by the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for non-skilled work and from the Universal Services Obligation Fund for material and equipment.

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