Broadband partially restored in J-K, but ban on social media stays

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Administration on Tuesday evening allowed mobile internet services in parts of Jammu region and broadband in establishments providing essential services.

 

The order comes after the Supreme Court of India issued a judgement last Friday, saying internet was a fundamental right of the people. The court had ordered a review of all the restrictive orders that are still in place within a week.

In a three page order, the J&K administration asked Internet service providers to offer broadband facility to all institutions dealing with essential services such as hospitals, banks and government offices.

 It also specified that the institutions would be responsible for preventing any misuse and will have to take necessary precautions, including appointment of nodal officers, keeping record and monitoring usage, and having authorised users.

In order to facilitate tourism, broadband internet would be provided to hotels and tour and travel establishments. The order also said that the 2G mobile connectivity on post-paid mobiles for accessing white-listed websites including e-banking will be allowed in districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi — all in the Jammu region.

Internet services were suspended across J&K on August 4, a day before the Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370, which gave special rights to the erstwhile state of J&K (with inputs from agencies)

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