News Roundup: IIT Delhi Bans Internet Surfing At Night, India Eyes Nationwide Fiber Network

IIT Delhi bans net surfing at night

According to the new rule, IIT-D has decided that starting from the current academic session, internet facility will not be available in the hostels between 12 pm and 6 am.

While students said the reason given to them by the administration was that there was a feeling that academics took a hit due to excess internet surfing, gaming and movie viewing into the wee hours, some asserted the late night access to the world wide web was the best time to research for projects.[source]

Our take: Those who really need Internet for academic purpose will find a way out (data card/other jugaad means), while those who have been playing games/downloading porn will suffer. In essence, No Issue (and lets not blow it off as a slap on Internet freedom et al).

Fundamentally, this is a wrong move, but not so much of a big deal to debate about it.

India Eyes Nationwide Fiber Network
India has plans to extend its fiber optic network to reach the village level to connect and push e-services to rural areas. Telecom Commission has proposed to create the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) which will extend the country’s existing fiber optic network from the district level to the village level, or gram panchayat level.

The initial part of the project which is estimated to cost 200 billion Indian rupee (US$4.5 billion) will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

Tata Sky launches ‘Tata Sky Mobile Access’ App

You can use this app to browse through 4-day programme listings, read extended information for movies and set your favourite show for recording while you are on the go!
This app also allows you to enjoy the social TV experience by letting you share what you are watching on TV with your Facebook and Twitter friends. Using this app, you can convert your iOS device (iPhone/iPad) into a universal remote control (though you will need an MP3 Mobile Accessory). [appnomy]