Free nationwide broadband by 2009 ?

According to an article published in The Economic Times of India on April 26, 2007, the Govt. of India is planning on providing free nationwide broadband access to it’s residents by 2009. This is an admirable goal to shoot for. However, should’nt the Government be trying to solve the power problem before trying to roll out national access to the internet ? After all, what use is the connectivity if the device cannot stay on 24×7 ? Also, how do they plan on keeping the access points powered up under the current circumstances ?

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