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Idukki, Kerala became the first district in Kerala to be connected through the high speed rural broadband network, Bharat Net on Jan 12, 2015. Bharat Net is a pioneering effort of the Department of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, under the Digital India programme to connect the 2,50,000 gram panchayats of India with a 100 mbps broadband network service. The project is being implemented by Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL) which is an umbrella organisation consisting of BSNL, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) and Railtel for Phase-1. (Note: As per Govt reports)