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The National Broadband Commission (NBFC) has recently set a new benchmark for rural broadband internet.
Its aim is to provide broadband access to every person in the country within a month of being allocated a broadband connection.
However, there is a large discrepancy between the two benchmarks.
In India, where only a small part of the population uses the internet, a broadband access speed of 20Mbps can be achieved in just 24 hours.
This means that a rural person can connect to the internet in less than one hour, while a person in urban areas can connect in just two hours.
As per the NBFC, the average speed of rural broadband is 24Mbps, while urban broadband is around 100Mbps.
In the last five years, the country has seen an increase in rural connectivity, with the average rural broadband speed increasing from 4Mbps to 11Mbps.
The NBFC has been working on a set of measures to ensure that the rural population can avail of the fastest broadband access.
In January, the NBSC announced that it had revised its guidelines for rural connectivity.
The new guidelines have reduced the rural broadband access requirement from 100Mbps to 10Mbps.
This move is expected to reduce the rural internet access requirement by 20 per cent, the government said in a statement.
The revised guidelines also stated that the maximum number of premises that a broadband service provider can have in a rural area is 50.
The National Broadfield Networks (NBNC) initiative has been launched by the National Rural Electrification Authority (NREA), which is a government-owned agency.
According to the NREA, the initiative aims to provide rural internet connectivity to at least 70 per cent of the rural residents in India.
NBNC is set up under the National Broadbands Initiative (NBMI), which was launched by NAB.
In the last four years, NAB has given grants to various broadband providers to build broadband connectivity in the rural areas of India.
This included the National Multi Digital Services (MNDS) initiative in which NAB was also awarded a $25 million grant.
In 2016, the NRMC also awarded more than Rs. 20,000 crore to the NAB to build and operate broadband networks.