The Karnataka government announced that it will install WiFi hotspots across 2,500 gram panchayats, with an overall investment of Rs 50 crore, set aside from the state’s 2017-18 budget, according to this ET report. The entire WiFi project is being run and maintained by Keonics, a Karnataka government agency responsible for promoting the electronics industries in Karnataka. Karnataka’s IT Minister Priyank Kharge confirmed the development with MediaNama and added that the WiFi project was initially launched in October last year as a pilot project in 11 gram panchayats. These include villages in the districts of Mysore, Tumakuru, Gadag, Ballari, Kalaburgi and Bagalkot. “Initially we kept it free, just to check how people are using it…and post this test phase, we started providing vouchers and charging users from as low as Rs 15 per hour,” Kharge said. He added that the…
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