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Indian Govt Looking To Setup WiFi Hotspots In Village Panchayats; Cybercafe Rules?

The Indian government is looking to setup WiFi hotspots across 2.5 lakh village panchayats, as part of its ongoing national optical fibre network project, reports PTI (via Zee News). A senior government official told the publication that a proposal is in the works by Department of Telecom (DoT) and it will be submitted to the Telecom Commission for approval and the union cabinet for the final nod. He added that this proposal will result in an additional expenditure of about Rs 5,000 crore, thereby increasing the total project spend to Rs 25,000 crore, although he didn't disclose any specific information as to when DoT intends to submit this proposal for approval. Telecom Commission had approved Rs 20,000 crore for creating National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) which intends to provide broadband services across the villages in India. Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, had said a Special Purpose…

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