It is reported that the private telecom companies are opposing the government’s plan to set up Wi-Fi services at the level of Gram Panchayats. The government has decided for providing Wi-Fi services in about 2.5 lakh Village Panchayats as part of universal connection with a budget of about Rs. 40,00 crore. This project will naturally be entrusted to the BSNL.
The plea raised by the private corporates against the plan is untenable. The Government should continue with the project.