Reg­u­la­tory and Pol­icy In­ter­ven­tions

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The first and im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion re­quired is that Broad­band is de­clared as a Util­ity by the govern­ment. This will bring in fun­da­men­tal change in the le­gal frame­work with re­spect to Broad­band and also ease up the Right of Way (ROW) process mak­ing rapid net­work lay­outs pos­si­ble.

For this pur­pose, some reg­u­la­tory and pol­icy in­ter­ven­tions are es­sen­tial so that the out­look to­wards Broad­band in speci­ficity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in gen­eral changes lead­ing to­wards max­i­mum in­clu­sion.

Sim­plify the li­cens­ing process by chan­nel­iz­ing the process through one in­sti­tu­tion. This can be done ei­ther by em­pow­er­ing any of the ex­ist­ing in­sti­tu­tions in­volved or else cre­at­ing a spe­cial pur­pose in­sti­tu­tion man­dated to carry out end-to-end li­cens­ing pro­vi­sion­ing.

There should be a push for fi­bre / wire line roll­out as well as wire­less alone can­not help achieve Dig­i­tal In­dia. For the same there should also be a na­tion­wide pol­icy on ducts. Spec­i­fi­ca­tions should be laid out for roll­out, main­te­nance and other as­pects at all touch points of in­ter-cir­cle, in­tra-cir­cle, lo­cal and in-build­ing roll­outs.

Tele­com and Broad­band in­fra­struc­ture should be taken as an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent of fu­ture cities and hence form a crit­i­cal el­e­ment while de­sign­ing and planning for fu­ture cities. Sim­i­larly, in­clu­sion of Broad­band readi­ness in the build­ing codes should also be man­dated.

De­fine gov­er­nance frame­work to access the net­work for ex­ist­ing and any up­com­ing large-scale generic in­fra­struc­ture roll­out pro­gram like NOFN/ BharatNet, etc. Is­sues like Tech­ni­cal in­ter­con­nect, access rules, access tar­iff, griev­ance re­dress, etc., should be ad­dressed.

Ra­tio­nal­ize levies and du­ties ap­pli­ca­ble that have a di­rect bear­ing on the Broad­band de­vel­op­ment. This will in­crease Broad­band af­ford­abil­ity es­pe­cially in smaller vil­lages and towns.

Ad­e­quate spec­trum should al­ways be en­sured by govern­ment. There­fore, there is a need to have long-term spec­trum roadmaps and also ex­plore fea­si­bil­ity of other tech­nol­ogy in­ter­ven­tions to op­ti­mize its us­age.

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