July 31, 2020

Union IT Minister said that since 10th June, 2020 the Common Services Centre (CSC) Wi-Fi Choupal has provided 1 Lakh FTTH broadband connections in rural areas across 21 states, using the Bharat Net infrastructure. Government has set the target of 5 Lakh FTTH connections by September.


  • Wi-Fi Choupal is a government initiative to provide Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas where people can access the internet by subscribing to low-cost data plans.

  • This will be achieved by leveraging BharatNet infrastructure for providing broadband services in Gram Panchayats (GPs) and villages.

  • It is an Initiative of ‘CSC e-Governance Services India Limited’, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) set up in 2016 by the Ministry of Electronics & IT under the Companies Act, 1956 to oversee implementation of the Common Service Centres (CSC) scheme.