It has been eight months since residents living near the IT center, near Outer Ring Road in Bangalore, complained to the authorities about poor Internet connectivity and monopoly providers. However, nothing has been done, and the only option left is a local private ISP.
Residents of Balaguer Road, Pansur Dinner and Ganjurneighborhoods, have also launched an online petition via change.org to ask the authorities to take action on this issue.
The residents accuse the Internet company Zednet of using its local political influence to prepare a monopoly. The residents’ petition has been sent to Forest, Kannada, and Traditional Affairs Minister Aravind Limbabari, Bangalore Central MP Chikkamuni Mohan, Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan.
This is the second time such a petition has been signed as most of the residents are IT professionals and need a stable network under the current work-from-home (WFH) scenario. Residents also claim that Zednet operators have threatened them not to press charges.” Many large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have tried to lay cable to provide services. Still, their workers have been unable to complete the installation due to fear of local cable operators. We hope people don’t lose their jobs because of such a powerful feature,” he lamented.
An app to help farmers sort through their data
The app is designed to make all the data understandable to farmers. In addition, to overcome the language barrier, the app is available in 12 languages. It is available on Android and Home Windows platforms and is free for farmers, startups, NGOs, and self-help groups.
“With the Atma Nirbhar Krishi app from the KisanMitra initiative, farmers will have access to scientific data from analytical agencies such as IMD, ISRO, ICAR, and CGWA,” said the ministry’s chief science advisor. Vijay Raghavan said (NDTV report).
“Farmers will be able to use this data to make decisions on cropping patterns, small farm mechanization, or stock burning, taking into account water and environmental sustainability and asset utilization,” he added.
An application tailored to the needs of farmers
Not only does the app make all the necessary data clear and easily accessible, but it also takes into account the connection points that farmers may encounter. The app was designed with minimal bandwidth in mind to be used even in rural areas with low connection speeds.
In our experience, we do not store any personal data about the farmers. The data provided depends on the geographical location and is provided by simply entering the postal code of the kingdom. The application provides information after analyzing parameters such as soil type, soil moisture, and climate. This knowledge helps farmers choose the type of crop, fertilizer, and water needed.
In September 2020, TNM said residents would attend a digital convention of MLA Mahadevapura and Minister Arvind Limbabari to address the issue.” After the convention, the MLA’s working cabinet acknowledged that there was a problem and said that action could be taken to address residents’ concerns. However, nothing has changed. That’s why we started this new petition,” said a Balagur resident speaking on condition of anonymity. He added: “This is a complete monopoly of Zednet, and we strongly believe that it has the support of local politicians.
Properties needed Internet Connection
More than 6,500 properties in Belagur, Panathur Dinna, and Gunjur, more than 80 percent of which need an Internet connection to continue working or going to school during the pandemic. Residents say it is necessary to allow various large internet service providers to return so that competition between operators can be judged to improve connectivity for all households.
We ask local service providers to negotiate with the various ISPs. This can improve their quality and allow us to make a decision. We cannot continue this mess,” another resident, an IT professional, told TNM.” “We are asking our local service providers to co-exist with other providers. That way, the quality will improve, and we will have a choice. We can’t continue this mess,” another resident working in IT told TNM.” He added, “We, the residents, are asking for quick action on this issue, countering the efforts of the companies involved and ensuring the security of critical services like the network.