The Indian state of Kerala has become the first and only region in the country to have its own internet facility, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The announcement came in the wake of the Kerala Fiber Optic Network Ltd, an IT infrastructure project of the government to make internet accessible to everyone in the state, receiving the Internet Service Provider (ISP) license from the Department of Telecommunications.
With this, the project envisaged to bridge the digital divide in the society can commence its operations, the CM said.
“Kerala becomes the only State in the country with its own internet service. The Kerala Fiber Optic Network Ltd has received the ISP license from @DoT_India. Now, our prestigious #KFON project can kickstart its operations of providing the internet as a basic right to our people,” Vijayan tweeted.
The KFON scheme is envisaged to provide free internet to BPL families and 30,000 government offices.
The previous Left government had in 2019 declared internet connection as a basic right and launched the INR 1,548-crore KFON project.