STAFF REPORT ISB: The USF has shown a significant progress as it disbursed a subsidy of Rs. 4.2 billion during the financial year of 2013-14 for its projects to provide telecom services across the length and breadth of the country.

This is so far the highest amount of subsidy disbursed in any financial year by USF since its establishment.

According to details, in Rural Telecom Programme, the USF has been working to provide basic telephony and data services in almost 4,000 muzas which include areas where people had to walk kilometers to make a single phone call. Broadband services have been provided in 288 2nd and 3rd tier cities and towns along with providing more than 520,000 broadband connections.

Broadband Programme also includes establishment of 1,100 EBCs in higher secondary schools and colleges and more than 300 CBCs for the deserving people.

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