Kerala Govt Approves K-Fon Project To Provide Free Internet To BPL Families

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The Kerala government has approved the Kerala-Fiber Optic Network (K-Fon) project. This project will provide a high-speed free fiber internet connection to more than 20 Lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state. According to the report, the government has sanctioned Rs. 1,548 crore for this project and it has been expected that the project will be completed by December 2020. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) will be responsible for the installation.

Kerala Govt Approves K-Fon Project To Provide Free Internet

 

The free internet connection project is financed by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) which is responsible for providing high-speed internet access to all the citizens of the state. The major cause of providing free internet-services to all is to promote digitalization in the state. This will also digitalize government services such as IT parks, health programs, seaports, airports, and other government offices.

Don't worry if you are not falling in the BPL bracket because the program will also offer an affordable rate to all users get access to the fibre-internet connectivity.

Kerala Govt Approves K-Fon Project To Provide Free Internet

Thomas Issac, Finance Minister of Kerala Twitter post reads, "Internet connection made a basic a citizen right. Kerala cabinet gives the final nod for ₹1548 crores Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON)Project to provide Internet to every household in the state. For 20 lakh BPL households it will be free. The project to be completed by Dec 2020."

 

According to the report, this project will be set up by the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited and Kerala State Electricity Board Limited. Both the departments will be responsible for linking houses in the state along with more than 30,000 educational institutes and government offices.

Once the networks are built, it will be open for all the licensed internet service providers and cable operators for use. The government will also link mobile towers to retain high-speed internet on mobile devices.

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