This is an open letter to them.
As you might be aware of the poor broadband access, I am sending you across the relevant global scenario. First the ITU index freely available online which CLEARLY STATES our ranking with the SUB-SAHARAN countries.
We have “marginally” improved our ranking in recent times only because of the trumped up numbers of cellular subscribers. (That is why cellular companies are loath to do a “re-verification”). At the same time, the report is VERY clear about the POOR Broadband penetration. (Re-verification was recently ordered for pre-paid customers because of the inherent security risks. It was during this time (extensively reported in mainstream media) that it became apparent that companies are resorting to foul means to increase their subscribers for reporting. Gross revenues for taxation are also rumored to be under-reported while there have been repeated lies about the “fastest growing segment” in Indian industry by vested interests and lobby groups).
I also link to a BBC story which details WHY we need a broadband access.
There is a lot needs to be done and we need a PRO-ACTIVE regulator. Open Houses CAN ONLY serve their purpose IF it is backed by action on the ground. That means no useless Fair Usage Policies and TRAI as a regulator HAS to crack it’s whip and rap on their knuckles instead of giving in to their lobby.
One simple suggestion. Redefine MINIMUM speed as 2Mbps as ITU does (although your PIO does not agree to this).
The Broadband Policy initiative should clearly reflect on the aspirations of the customers.
May I also remind you that as per definition of Government you are designated as “PUBLIC SERVANTS” and as such you are ANSWERABLE to us in every respect. Your initiatives and policy formulations should work for PUBLIC and not for private vested interests.
I hope that this is made VERY CLEAR to you.