Broadband is high speed; always-on Internet access, which is widely recognized as catalyst for economic and social development of a country. Broadband enables people to surf Internet, provide access to enormous knowledge bank, to do business more efficiently, be better educated, have access to e-health services, benefit from better governance and enjoy enhanced entertainment. Availability of Broadband services at affordable tariff can have significant impact on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and attract new investment as well as generate more employment in addition to increase in Productivity. Therefore all these plus points of Broadband make it necessary to be a part of economy. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), recognizing the importance of broadband forwarded its first recommendations on “Accelerating Growth of Internet and Broadband Penetration” in April 2004. Based on this the Government announced its broadband policy in 2004 and projected that the number of broadband subscribers in India would reach 9 million by end-2007. However we have not even reached one third of the target which is a shameful thing.
This is a great achievement in the history of Cable TV as broadcasters have been avoiding this since 2003 when CAS Act was introduced. However still this is only a tentative list which has yet to get the approval of the government.