The sleepy and nondescript town of 40,000 people ringed by farms sees activity only around its bus stand. Just a couple of trains arrive at its deserted railway station every day. But this unremarkable place, 275 km from Delhi, is in news these days: it is the first town in India to offer full and cheap wi-fi coverage. The facility is a success among the students, who no longer have to rush to the main town of Hanumangarh, 160 km away, for online lessons, job applications and alerts. The number of training centres for job tests has gone up in Bhadra after wi-fi arrived here in July. Bhadra is a good example of how cheap and speedy wi-fi can change people’s lives – 1GB of data only costs Rs.64 (98 US cents) every month.