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Internet Has Been Declared A Fundamental Right In Kerala
After making internet connection a basic right of citizens, the Kerala government is all set to provide free high-speed internet connection to nearly 20 lakh families below the poverty line. The Rs 1,548-crore project was sanctioned by the cabinet on Wednesday, November 6. The project called Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON) is undertaken by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited(KSITL). The flagship project will make use of the resources of KSEB and KSITL to lay out an extensive state-wide optical fibre network. The project will be funded by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). A consortium of firms led by Bharat Electronics Limited(BEL) has acquired the tender for the project to establish the network and maintain it for seven years.