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New broadband policy announced

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NEW DELHI, OCT. 14. The Government today announced a new broadband policy intended to promote the use of "always-on high speed" Internet. Unveiling the policy, the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, said it envisaged economic growth as well as enhancement in the quality of life through various applications such as e-governance and tele-medicine.

"The prime consideration guiding the policy includes affordability and reliability of broadband services, incentives for the creation of additional infrastructure, more jobs and the induction of latest technologies. I am confident that broadband at speeds of 256 kb and above would be available for Rs. 500 to 800 a month,'' said Mr. Maran. He said he expected companies to roll out broadband services within the next two to three months.

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