Crescent Kashmir

Low internet even in coming year

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Since August 5, 2019, people of Jammu and Kashmir are not getting any respite to use high speed internet and this uncertainty is looming over the young generation here.

After the DDC elections were held in a most peaceful manner all the political circles in Kashmir and the student community were hopeful that the New Year would be without any curbs from high speed internet here.

But all their efforts and hopes dashed again as the administration citing national security and militancy have said that curbs on the internet will continue.

Early this year, the Jammu and Kashmir government invoked “very peculiar geopolitical position of Jammu & Kashmir and its geographical proximity with Pakistan” in the Supreme Court as one of the arguments not to restore high-speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 4, 2019, a day before the BJP government revoked Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, the government imposed a communication blockade. Gradually, the government restored telephones, mobiles etc but internet service was confined to 2G low-speed connectivity only.

An order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday stated that the ban on 4G internet services in the Union Territory (UT) has been extended till January 8, except Udhampur and Ganderbal districts. Earlier, the ban on 4G services was imposed till December 25 by the administration.

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