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National Broadband Mission

Published on December 18, 2019
Current context: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communication and Electronics & Information Technology, has launched the National Broadband Mission (NBM) on 17th Dec 19.
National Broadband Mission 
  • The NBM is a part of the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018.
  • The mission will secure universal broadband access for the implementation of broadband initiatives.
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad also launched the Logo of the NBM on the occasion.
  • The vision of the NBM is to provide:
    1. Fast track growth of digital communications infrastructure
    2. Bridge the digital divide
    3. Facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion
    4. Provide affordable and universal access to broadband for all
  • The target set under the NBM includes:
    1. Broadband access to all villages by 2022
    2. Laying of incremental 30 lakhs km route of Optical Fiber Cable by 2024
    3. Develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) to measure the availability of digital communications infrastructure
    4. Investment of $ 100 billion (Rs 7 Lakh Crore) from stakeholders including Rs 70,000 crore from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)


Q.1 The National Broadband Mission launched by the Central government targets to provide Broadband access to all villages by _____________? 
a. 2020
b. 2022
c. 2024
d. 2030
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