Brookings India hosted a panel to discuss the improvement of internet access for growth and development in India.
- India lacks the proper infrastructure to deliver high quality internet access to majority of the population. Poor infrastructure acts as an impediment to knowledge transfer.
- Prohibitive taxation regimes, censorship, lack of local digital content, and flawed regulations resulting in no ease of doing business all act as barriers to access.
- Skills-biased technological change can be a barrier to development. Introducing new technologies without enabling people to use them can result in a digital divide.
- There is a need to operationalise the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in order to achieve higher speeds in both urban and rural areas.
- There is a need to create policies which ensure that workers are equipped with the right skills to meet the demand of the tech-oriented labour market. Technology can also be used for labour market matching.
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