Keralites To Access Internet As Basic Right From Dec 2020

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Keralites To Access Internet As Basic Right
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Kerala has become the first Indian state where citizens will enjoy internet access as a basic right from December 2020.

A 1000-crore Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON) project announced by the Finance Minister Thomas Isaac last year, is near completion.

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the core network survey along 28,000 km has been completed.

After the project becomes operational, over 30,000 government offices and educational institutions in Kerala will be connected to Internet services with a speed ranging from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

As a result, all the departments, schools, colleges, hospitals in the state would get high-speed internet at a cheap price.

The CM also said to give free internet connectivity to 20 lakh financially-weak families, which is their basic right.

The network would lead to developments in the IT sector, startups, along with areas such as artificial intelligence.

Last year, the Kerala government has already declared access to internet as basic rights of citizens, with the CPIM-led LDF government aimed at providing internet services to every citizen of the state.

Kerala High Court had also declared access to internet as a basic right like the right to education and privacy given in the Constitution  

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