Introduction: In 2019, the Kerala government launched the KFON scheme, which aims to provide high-speed internet connectivity to all households and government offices in the state.
- To reduce the digital divide by ensuring that all households have access to high-speed internet.
- To promote e-governance by providing a reliable and secure internet connection to all government offices.
- To accelerate Kerala’s journey towards becoming a knowledge-based economy.
- The KFON scheme is being implemented by the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL). The scheme has been divided into two phases:
- The first phase, which is currently underway, aims to provide connectivity to 30,000 government offices and 14,000 BPL families in the state.
- The second phase, which will begin in 2023, will focus on providing connectivity to all households in the state.
- Availability of the Internet in locations where it was hitherto hard to access, including tribal hamlets.
- By providing high-speed internet connectivity to all households, the scheme can help to improve education, healthcare, and economic development in the state.
- The high cost of laying fibre optic cables.
- The lack of skilled manpower to implement the scheme.
- The resistance of some people to change.
- The KFON scheme is a bold and ambitious initiative that has the potential to transform Kerala into a digital state.
- The success of the scheme will depend on the ability of the state government to overcome the challenges it faces and to implement the scheme effectively.