Kerala's Free Internet Project To Be Rolled Out By December

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON) project, which provides free high-speed internet connection to over 20 lakh poor families, would be rolled out by December this year.

The decision was taken after CM Pinarayi Vijayan took part in a video-conference with the heads of the consortium of public and private firms engaged in the project. Rs 1,548 crore is the total cost of the project and will be completed by December 2020, the chief minister said.

"Kerala is the first state to declare the internet as a fundamental right of the citizen. No other state in India has implemented such a scheme," he said. The project is being implemented by Kerala State Electricity Board and Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited.
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