An Indian Civilizational Perspective

No Water, But we Surf on the Waves of Internet!

The way this is going – very soon most villages will have internet connections – but fewer with water connections! Remins me of "If you cant get Bread, Eat Cakes!"

A large-scale expansion of Internet kiosks in rural India is all set to bridge the digital divide in the country. From corporate giants such as Microsoft and Reliance Infocomm to existing kiosk agencies such as Drishtee, companies have chalked out major plans of setting up rural PC kiosks.

The biggest thrust will come from the government with its project of setting up 100,000 kiosks by December ‘07, with private participation. If all goes as planned, more than 40% of India’s countryside will be logged on to the Web by ‘07-end.

For private companies, a kiosk is not only the best medium of penetrating into villages, it is also a viable business proposition for agencies that set up the kiosk.

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