All blocks in India to have broadband soon

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New Delhi, Sep 2 (UNI) Around 6,000 blocks in the country will have broadband connectivity soon with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) deciding to provide the facility to 5,000 blocks soon after allocation of spectrum through electronic auction later this year, the government said here today.

One thousand blocks in the country are now being provided broadband services by the state-owned telecom giant BSNL.

The Communications ministry said broadband facility will be provided from DoT's Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

Villages located in 10 km radius of a block (taluka) headquarter will be covered by it.

The ministry said about 40 institutional users, including schools, public health centres, panchayats and the community service centres, will benefit from broadband services.

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