A new Internet Access Bill is being drafted by India to be passed by July, according to the country’s Minister of Communications.
The bill will ensure access to the nation’s 1.2 billion people in the first phase and the rest of the country in the second, according the government.
The draft will be submitted to Parliament for consideration on July 1, according an official statement from the Ministry of Communications on Wednesday.
The Bill is expected to have a impact on the access of millions of people, as well as the Internet as a service (IBS), according to India’s Internet Access and Information Society (IASIS), which has been working on the draft.
The first phase of the Bill will include access to all the digital content, while the second phase will include the Internet in all its forms, the statement said.
The IBS is India’s largest, and India currently has more than 2 billion people on the Internet.
A draft version of the bill has been in the works since 2014, when it was initially drafted to help make India a digital hub in the region, but the country has since moved to roll out its own IBS services.
India’s government had previously proposed the bill to create a new government body, but that was withdrawn as it became too expensive.
The country’s National Broadband Plan was released last year, which outlined an ambitious goal to achieve 1 billion broadband connections by 2022, and the country will see its broadband penetration hit 705 million by 2021.
“This will help ensure that the next generation of Indians get access to their digital content at affordable rates, while enabling the growth of the IBS market,” Minister of Information and Broadcasting Jitendra Singh said in a statement.
The National Broadcomplan was approved by the Supreme Court last year to bring the number of broadband connections to 1.6 billion people by 2021, which was expected to boost the countrys broadband penetration by 1.8 billion people.