Sirinagar: Internet Service Restored After 7 months in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The restoration is conditional till March 17th. According to foreign media report, internet services have been conditionally restored in the occupied valley.
According to an official at the Internet Service Provider,they have begun to restore Internet services following the instructions of the authorities.
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According to the reports, some Kashmiri citizens continued to use the Internet through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) during this period.
Following the verdict, the Twitter account of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti , who was in Indian government’s jail, tweeted that authorities have realized that this internet ban is useless because Kashmiris were already using the Internet through VPNs.
Authorities have revived the Internet service conditionally.According to the notification issued, internet speed on mobile will be only 2G while 4G networks are still closed. The Internet will be available to postpaid users only at the moment.People using prepaid SIM cards will miss this feature.
Similarly, broadband internet service will be provided on MAC (Media Access Control) binding whereby users can access the Internet from a single Internet Portal (IP) address.
As a user uses another IP, he will lose access to the Internet. In this way the occupying authorities will be able to monitor people’s online activities.
The Internet service has been restored till March 17. A second notification will be issued on March 17 stating whether the Internet will be revived or banned again.
It is to be noted that on August 5 2019, the Indian government announced the abolition of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution under which the State of Jammu and Kashmir had a special status and privileges.
Shortly afterwards, Kashmir was locked down and cut off from the world and the occupied Kashmir was converted into a jail.
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All communication channels in the valley, including the Internet, were disconnected and this was the longest imposed shutdown in any democracy.
According to the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, the longest communications closure has resulted in a loss of 2.4 billion $ in the valley and left 1 million people unemployed.
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