K-FON: Free Internet for 500 BPL Families in Each Assembly Segment Initially | Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Free internet connections would be provided to 500 households in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category in each of Kerala’s 140 Assembly constituencies under the first phase of the ambitious Kerala Fiber Optic Network project ( K-FON) which aims to eliminate the digital divide.

“A house can use 1.5 GB of data at a speed of 10 to 15 MBPS every day,” an official said.

A list of beneficiaries will be collected from the respective local bodies and given to cable operators and internet service providers in the area to arrange connections, he said.

“Regional ISPs using K-FON will provide connection to BPL families,” the official explained.

Tenders will soon be launched to identify the internet service provider for each district, he added.

Objective of K-FON

A project announced in the state budget, K-FON aims to achieve Kerala’s goal of making internet a basic right of every citizen. Under the scheme, internet would be made available to 20 lakh BPL families in the state free of charge and at reduced rates to others.

An elaborate cable network along utility poles across the state would provide connectivity. “The total length of the cables will be 2,600 km, of which 2,045 km are already in place,” said the K-FON official.

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