Indian government is saying that it will provide free broadband to its masses by 2009. Practicality of this ambitious target aside, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, in a clear ‘me too’ attempt, has said that Pakistan will have broadband available to every city with a population of 200,000 or more.
..Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has instructed the Ministry of IT and Telecom to ensure that all cities and towns having a population of 200,000 and more should have access to broad band connectivity within a year so that people of rural and low income urban areas have access to fast and reliable internet services…
Without enough literacy, IT localization efforts, local contents for Internet and allied skill development, broadband Internet may just be another form of a passive video content delivery system. Since the PM is emphasizing on the economic benefits that could be extracted out of broadband penetration, an ordered and integrated effort is what we need.
And oh yes, only if deploying broadband was as easy as saying the same!