Kerala Government will be making an investment of Rs 1,000 crore to offer Internet facilities across the state, finance minister Thomas Isaac said.
The optical fibre project for offering K Phone Internet will be executed in 18 months.
The Government will offer free Internet to 2 million households which are unable to spend on net connections due to their financial conditions. Internet / Broadband connection will be provided via electricity posts owned by KSEB (Kerala State Electricity Board).
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Free Wi-Fi enabled Internet will be available in Akshaya centers across the state. All services offered by the Kerala government will be available via digital.
The finance minister indicates that the cost of accessing Internet will be substantially lower than the same provided by private operators such as Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Reliance Jio, etc.
Internet would be made the right of the people and two million “poor families” will get free access to the web, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said while presenting the budget for 2017-18 in the state assembly on Friday.
“Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore,” He added.
“Two million poor families will get free internet connections, while others will get it a reduced rate,” the former economist said.