As part of the Digital India programme, the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) was piloted in Kerala's Idukki district by union minister for communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad . The NOFN, the government's ambitious high-speed rural broadband service, aims to link 600 million citizens in rural India across 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats and 631 districts to the Internet. In Idukki, 52 Gram Panchayats and eight block offices will be connected by the NOFN. The government expects to connect 20,000 villages across the country through optic fibre by the end of March and Kerala is scheduled to become fully digitally connected by end-March. The Economic Times added that Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, also in southern India, are likely to follow next. Readers will also note that the government halved its target for broadband coverage for 2014-15 and will be able…
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