Govt plans to connect 5L villages with Internet by 2013
New Delhi: 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
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
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.