Thomas K. Thomas’ report on TRAI’s recommendations is alarming, given India’s aim to improve connectivity.

The recommendations, which form the basis for a policy being considered
by the Government, supposedly to improve Internet growth in the
country, propose to completely do away with district-level Internet operators (technically known as category C
licence). TRAI has suggested that all district-level Internet operators
either be asked to migrate to a State-level or a national-level player
by paying a fee or be prepared to shut shop at the end of the duration
of the existing licence period.

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