Frankly, I wasn’t aware of this happening in Mumbai. I came to know about it via Emergic. The link pointed towards the folks in Content Sutra.
Well, they can be excused for irrational exuberances. However, when the industry platforms make such noises as to the spread of broadband and “millions of subscribers”, surely there is something amiss.
It isn’t about numbers per se. It isn’t about the montly costs. It’s about total cost of ownership. BSNL broadband or it’s clone in MTNL works out to be one of the most expensive form of access. Insomuch, I have to ration my access everyday; berating myself if I exceed a few MB perday. What is the use of the access in that case?
I believe that the socialist mindset prevails; the “high ups” feel that they must dole out. We as ordinary consumers are not supposed to demand services. Would you ever raise the issue of accountability? It’s taken for granted that these buggers are not accountable.
I quote Mr. Maran from the post:
“Last year when I was working on the IT policy, I was insisting over having at least 260 kbps broadband facility when I had to face a lot of raised eyebrows from the government. I was told that 120 kbps should be enough for the country like India…”
You can draw your own conclusions.
By the way, in case you wish to have the “latest news” you can head over to Content Sutra. I don’t endorse it; it’s a lame duck effort to collect all “news” from the media. Of course, keeping in with the web traditions, we have blinking double click adverts too.
So, in effect, you can feel happy about the increasing number base or you can whine and moan about not being able to use it to the fullest potential. We’d be stuck in a freaking time warp; socialism mindet that entangles us like an octopus threatening to devour our brains. Surely, it is a tough task to run the Government of India with demented morons.