The promise of free WiFi was an intriguing part of the Aam Aadmi Party manifesto: there were scant details (to my knowledge) of what the exact offering would be. Now that the political party has won with a historic majority, all eyes are on how this will be implemented. News reports suggest the following: it will cost Rs 150-200 crore, it could be advertising supported, and Facebook has been in talks with them (for the net-neutrality violating Internet.org). There is a great opportunity to make Delhi into a vibrant tech and free speech hub, and here's how we think the tech-hub part of it should be implemented, taking into account issues of neutrality, competition, accessibility, security and convenience: 1. At the core, a neutral WiFi infrastructure service provider: This can be pure play telecom/Internet infrastructure company like Indus Towers (a JV between Airtel,…
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