Cabinet okays National Optical Fiber Network for broadband connectivity of panchayats

The Union Cabinet today approved a scheme for creation of a National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) for providing broadband connectivity to village panchayats around the country.
An official press release said the objective of the scheme is to extend the existing optical fiber network which is available up to district / block headquarters' level to the Gram Panchayat level initially by utilizing the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). 
The cost of this initial phase of the NOFN scheme is likely to be about Rs.20,000 crore. A similar amount of investment is likely to be made by the private sector complementing the NOFN infrastructure while providing services to individual users. 

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