BENGALUREANS TO GET FREE WIFI ONE HOUR EACH DAY
Context: Bengaluru, India’s information technology capital is set to get free WiFi services for one hour each day.
The proposed scheme, which will take nine months to be implemented, follows similar efforts by Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments which have tried to offer data as a commodity to their people.
There has been a consistent demand from the public, tourists and many other stakeholders to have such an infrastructure.
ABOUT THE SCHEME
- The proposed scheme, estimated to cost100 crore, will be fully funded by private internet service provider Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd (ACT) as part of its social responsibility and not as a commercial venture.
- The company will set up around 4000 hotspots across the city and one-hour free internet connectivity per day of 1 GB can be availed after verification using OTP (one time password), according to the proposal.
- The connection will be on a seamless, fully secure, network.
- Bengaluru’s civic agencies like the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and Urban Development Department will work with ACT in implementing the project.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SCHEME
- Providing high-speed internet is a necessity with regard to the growing infrastructure of the city
- Only a few countries such as Finland, Estonia, France, Spain, Greece, and Costa Rica have declared internet as a basic human right.
- Though such schemes have begun with fanfare and have grabbed headlines with grand announcements, most of these often remain non-starters.
- It’s important to see that the scheme is properly implemented and becomes a reality soon, while also not compromising on the quality services.