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Indian Govt Approves Fibre Connectivity To Village Panchayats; Spent Rs 15 Crore On Pilots

The Government of India has approved the scheme for creation of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) to provide Broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh village Panchayats (councils). Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, stated in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that to materialize this program, the government intends to extend the existing optical fiber network to Panchayats by utilizing the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF). He said that a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), has already been incorporated on 25th February 2012 to execute the project. The project rollout is yet to start but it is expected to be completed in 2 years. Pilot programs were being conducted in Paravada block of Vishakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, Arian block of Ajmer district in Rajasthan and Panisagar block of North Tripura district in Tripura, and about Rs.…

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