Rural India on the National Optic Fibre Network: What Happens Next?

May 2016-August 2016

PIs: Preeti Mudliar

Funding agency: The Hindu Centre for Politics and Economics.

Description: Evaluation of the rollout and use of broadband internet tin rural India (Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura) under the aegis of NOFN/BharatNet.


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