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TRAI Bats for Cut in Levies on Computers

Published: 10th March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th March 2015 03:37 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: To achieve greater penetration in broadband connections across the country, mainly in rural areas, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested the government to bring down the levies on computers and mobile phones.

In a consultation paper on delivering broadband quickly, the regulator points out that the lowest configuration computer costs about Rs 10,000 and additional taxes makes it difficult for rural households that take the access devices further out of reach of the common man.

Cable operators have shown interest in providing broadband connectivity to consumers by tweaking technology - a move that will increase Internet penetration in the country, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Monday.

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